Doing Life Together

plate-with-chinese-food-1479803-1599x1437Honestly, I thought it was a joke when I read about the Oberlin College students who registered complaints about their food being racist!

Sadly, it is not a joke, but certainly another example of political correctness running amuck once again.

Yes, we all know the jokes about college cafeteria food. We used to call one of our entrees, “mystery meat.” But the food offenses registered at Oberlin were not related to the quality of food served. No, some students felt the meals were culturally insensitive.

Here’s the beef (pun intended).

The students didn’t like that cafeteria workers “appropriated” and “misrepresented” the foods from other cultures and did not prepare the foods properly. For example, if a Pad Thai dish was not prepared to Thai standards, that would be culturally insensitive. I am not making this up!

In fact, the view of some students was that the cafeteria workers had no right to prepare certain cultural dishes if they didn’t belong to that culture. The students want a “cultural-appropriation-free space” for food.

Their position is: don’t tamper with a food if you don’t know exactly how to cook it or belong to that culture. I guess this means no creativity allowed–no Asian/Cuban fusion or any other tainting of a dish that belongs to a culture because, hey, that is just culturally insensitive. Look out Food Channel.

I have few words for these students except to say, get a life and perhaps counseling! Your college bubble will quickly burst and you will not be prepared for the real world. In the real world, you do not get to DEMAND that people change to your liking because you are offended. In the real world, emotional reasoning will get you into trouble. And good luck finding a job with an employer who will cater to your need to never be offended.

If this weren’t so tragic, it would be funny. But the coddling of the American mind appears to be alive and well on our campuses of higher education. And it frightens me that no one is speaking sense to these students! This is simply ridiculous and needs to stop, because hey, it offends me!

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