I have a feeling I may be using this clip, the final lines from “The Bridge of the River Kwai,” a lot from now on. In fact, I’m going to add it to the Ethics Alarms clips list right now. Back in a minute…I just realized that there’s another clip I left out of that post, so we are now up to eleven.
Back. As Lili Von Shtupp said, “I feel wefweshed!
These are truly the crazy times. The George Floyd Freakout has emboldened the power-hungry, the self-righteous, the manipulative and the irresponsible, while those who have not abandoned their values and faculties descend into fear and submissiveness. For example…
- These are banner days for the Niggardly Principles, especially the Third, which states,
“When…suppressing speech and conduct based on an individual’s or a group’s sincere claim that such speech or conduct is offensive, however understandable and reasonable this claim may be, creates or threatens to create a powerful precedent that will undermine freedom of speech, expression or political opinion elsewhere, calls to suppress the speech or conduct must be opposed and rejected.”
The City Council of Duluth, Minnesota, is considering stripping the word “chief” from the job titles of top administrators because the mayor thinks the word is offensive to Native Americans. It was reported that during a press conference yesterday, Mayor Emily Larson “implored City Council members to vote to approve the change next week ‘”so that we have more inclusive leadership and less language that is rooted in hurt and offensive, intentional marginalization.”
Alicia Kozlowski, the city’s community relations officer, told reporters, “I think there are other titles that we have the opportunity to use to steer away from language that may put people down based off their race or culture.”
These women are idiots and ignoramuses, but they are virtue-signaling, and while madness reigns, facts don’t matter. “Chief” is not a Native American word: it’s Middle English: from the Old French chief, or chef, based on the Latin caput ,’ meaning “head’.’
Then we have this item from the University of Florida, where for the last two decades or so “Gator Bait!” has been a popular chant by the football team’s fans in response to a song played by the school’s band…
- The University announced yesterday that it is banning the “Gator Bait” cheer from all future sporting events, ESPN reported. Why, you ask? School President Kent Fuchs said the cheer will be taboo because of “history racist imagery associated with the phrase.”
And what would that be, Mr. Fuchs?
“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs told ESPN.
You see, Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, says that black babies may have been used as alligator bait, according to a couple of accounts:
During slavery and the Jim Crow era in the United States, African Americans were brutalized and mistreated in almost every way imaginable. If there was a way to kill, maim, oppress, or use an African American for any reason, it more than likely happened…. In 1908 the Washington Times reported that a keeper at the New York Zoological Garden baited “Alligators With Pickaninnies” out of their winter quarters. In the article two “small colored children happened to drift through the reptile house among the throng of visitors” and they were “pressed into service.” …T.W. Villiers chronicles the entire process of using black babies as bait and how “these little black morsels are more than glad to be led to the ‘sacrifice’ and do their part in lurking the big Florida gators to their fate without suffering so much as a scratch.” Villiers is quick to point out that the babies are brought out of the “water alive and whole and come out wet and laughing” and that “there is nothing terrible about it, except that it is spelling death for the alligators.”
The cheer, however, had nothing to do with these tales; indeed very few people at the University of Florida or anywhere else have heard of using black children as “gator bait.” The cheer was invented by Lawrence Wright, an African-American player for the Gators in 1995. He would taunt opposing teams, “If you ain’t a Gator, ya Gator bait, baby!” and it caught on. He’s not happy about his contribution to his college’s traditions being erased.
“Me and the president need to sit down and talk about this,” Wright said. “I’m not going for it. I created something for us. It’s a college football thing. It’s not a racist thing, It’s about us, the Gator Nation. And I’m Black.”
Well, if a black man’s popular contribution to a college’s rich traditions has to be jettisoned because lunatic Black Lives Matter fanatic misunderstands a football cheer to be a reference to an obscure racist horror story, so be it!