This is much more tragic than what the stories circulating about this allude.
Today, we see yet another example of leftardedness run amok. Here is just one of the many articles you can read about this issue ….
The political correctness wars on our college campuses have entered the cafeteria. That’s right. Food could become the next issue, as college administrators have found themselves under siege by privileged, left wing college students bellowing about racial insensitivity or other fake paradigms of oppression.
Robby Soave, an editor at Reason and columnist for the Daily Beast, wrote about how cultural appropriation has entered the Oberlin cafeteria, where some students are alleging that the kitchen staff is engaging in microaggressions of epic proportions because they can’t prepare an ethnic dish properly. Soave takes this claim to the woodshed:
… [H]ere’s what one Oberlin student had to say about the dining hall’s sushi bar:
“When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture,” student Tomoyo Joshi told The Oberlin Review. “So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative.”
Cultural appropriation, readers will recall, allegedly occurs when people borrow the traditions of another ethnic or religious group. Liberal students at a Canadian university, for example, recently shut down a free yoga class for disabled students because yoga has its origins in Hinduism, meaning it doesn’t belong to white people and they shouldn’t practice it. This kind of thinking is actually bafflingly illiberal—who’s to say that culture itself belongs to anyone?—and yet it’s usually left-leaning students waging weirdly nativist campaigns of forced isolation on foreign cuisines and customs.
The culinary critics at Oberlin, however, aren’t just mad that the cafeteria has appropriated their culture—they’re mad that it’s been appropriated poorly.
“It was ridiculous,” student Diep Nguyen told The Oberlin Review (the “it,” in question was a Banh Mi sandwich with the wrong bun). “How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?”
For one thing, the Banh Mi sandwich is itself the product of the blurring of cultural boundaries: French and Vietnamese.
For another, there’s something deliciously ironic about Oberlin students—some of the most privileged people in the world, as evidenced by the $50,000 they pay annually in tuition—whining about the bun-thickness of meals prepared by lowly paid cafeteria workers. As academic and writer Fredrik de Boer noted on Twitter, “When you’re defending the cultural authenticity of GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN, you’re a living Portlandia sketch.”
Your blood pressure is going through the roof over buns? First of all, as Soave noted, this is a college cafeteria, not Dorsia. They’re not serving up sea urchin ceviche, nor are they serving anything that takes an exorbitant amount of time. Why? They have over 3,000 kids to feed three times a day. The kitchen staff needs to make something good and fast.
At my alma mater, Dickinson College, there was a wok station that I avoided because it wasn’t very good. I never for a second thought the school’s kitchen staff, or administration, was telling Asian students to go screw themselves. No one ever complained about cultural appropriation in the cafeteria. We had other things to worry about, like assignments for class, writing papers, and studying for exams.
College campuses have always been bastions of liberalism. This isn’t a new phenomena, but the direction in which advocacy is facilitated by the left in these arenas has become indiscriminately insane. Food is the new front in the PC wars. Is this a serious narrative? Luckily, Young America’s Foundation released a poll that offers a glimmer of hope, where half of the students polled prefer a smaller government, seven-in-ten reject Black Lives Matter, and a majority aren’t that thrilled with the whole microaggression culture.
Most of the articles I’ve read regarding this event have taken much of the same tone, tenor, and was written in the same vein. It sort of makes fun of their lunacy, and to be sure, their lunacy needs derided. However, I would make another point or two.
First, let us all acknowledge that these children didn’t come up with this stupidity on their own, they were taught this idiocy. Now, let’s think on that for a second and ask ourselves this one question.
What is it which made America the greatest nation on earth?
Well, that’s a loaded question which has many answers. To be sure, the U.S. would not have achieved its greatness without its founding document. And, also, we are particularly blessed by the land we possess. But, it goes well beyond those two simply answers. Another answer must be our ability to absorb the good from the many cultures which have come to American and be melded into one unique culture —- American.
Since the birth of this nation, this nation, until recently, has absorbed many cultures into one. In other words, our greatness, and the reason this grand experiment has been able to exist this long is because of our propensity for cultural appropriation.
From the very beginning of this nation it was obvious this was so. English, Scot, German, Irish, American Indian, African slaves, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Pole, Spanish, French ……. all of these distinct cultures and many more can be clearly seen, in part, in the unique American culture.
It isn’t that it’s absurd to be offended by some dish served with wrong bread or that some idiots believe some people shouldn’t practice yoga, but, it is that we are suppose to be appropriating the good from the different cultures and demanding that we discard the evil of the cultures which failed the people from the various cultures and societies.
Someone taught some of our children that we shouldn’t absorb cultures into our society. Someone taught some of our children to hate one of the things which greatly contributes to American greatness.
These people who taught our children this should be hunted down and removed from their positions of instruction and exposed for their anti-American behavior.