Pandering to people’s fears and obsessive concern with “safety” has consequences that veer sharply off into the absurd and embarrassing.
Witness an incident at Colorado State University involving two young men of the Mohawk nation:
On a CSU Admissions tour Monday, a parent participating in the tour called campus police because she was nervous about the presence of two young men who joined the tour while it was in progress. Police responded to the call by contacting the young men, who are Native American and visiting from New Mexico, during the tour. The CSUPD spoke with the students, confirmed they were part of the tour, and allowed them to rejoin the group. Unfortunately, due to the location of the tour when the contact was made, the Admissions tour guide was unaware that police had been called or responded, and the tour group had moved on without the students, who returned to Ammons Hall briefly, then left campus to return home to New Mexico.
The campus police are already catching a ration of shit over racial profiling, etc., which is probably misplaced. The problem is that some college mommy called the cops in the first place. Because teenagers quietly joining a group tour on a college campus are obviously threatening in some way.
“Me and my brother just stayed to ourselves the whole time,” said 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray. “I guess that was scaring people — that we were just quiet.”
Yep. They were quiet. Too quiet.
Just this morning, Craig Rullman and I were burning powder and pondering whether the culture is really as lame as it seems these days. I think we have our answer.