After Trump’s election on November 8, the administration at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, invited students to write their feelings on post-it notes, at a table for the purpose. One message, posted elsewhere, taunted fellow students: “Suck it up, pussies. ;P”. Someone tasked Vice-President Tony Chambers to respond to the message, or perhaps he tasked himself. In an open letter to all students, Chambers wrote:
A group of cross-functional college staff representing campus security, student conduct, human resources, Title IX enforcement, and diversity and inclusion measures convened Tuesday morning to discuss how to address the hateful message. This group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime…
Donald Trump’s elections affected a lot of students emotionally, but if Chambers’ letter does not sound like state security speaking for Big Brother in 1984, you have not been thinking about George Orwell enough!
To take another comparison: college students and other young adults used to read Franz Kafka. I read The Castle and The Trial shortly after I graduated from college. An irony, then, that students should construct a perfect Kafkaesque society on their own campuses, where Title IX rules comprehend every element of community life, where committees meet to try you for anonymous charges, and where a careless taunt constitutes a Hate Crime. The finishing touch on Chambers’ part is to give Hate Crime title capitals.
I used to live near Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. It has an attractive campus. Pity about Title IX.