COMMENTARY | Proving once again that the grievance culture on too many American college campuses has gotten out of hand, one has to turn to the story of the University of St. Thomas at St. Paul and the camel.
It seems that the local Residence Hall Association wanted to bring a camel on campus and invite students to hang out with it and get their pictures taken. The plan was scotched when some other students protested that it would be racially insensitive to people of Middle Eastern extraction.
People who think that do not know anything about the Middle East. This writer can recall well when he and his bride took a camel ride in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza during a trip to Egypt. The Middle Easter camel driver was certainly not offended by that, especially since he was able to bargain what turned out to be a higher than market rate fee. Camels are as symbolic of the Middle East as kangaroos are of Australia or long horn cattle are of Texas. It’s an actual point of pride, not shame, not to mention a great way to fleece the tourists.
The camel at the U of ST was supposed to represent Hump Day, that obnoxious camel that wanders about proclaiming Wednesday to be his favorite day in those commercials. It had nothing to do with the Middle East or Middle Eastern culture.
Someone needs to start saying no to the peddlers of grievance and stop caving in every time they take to social media to make demands. Indeed a good, sharp suggestion for them to grow up and stop bothering people would not only be called for, but would be therapeutic as well. Otherwise we are in danger of raising a generation of entitlement addled people who think that they can get anything they want, or rather stop people from having what they want, by belly aching and playing the race card.