It seems the defining characteristic of many, if not most Americans today is the ability to be offended at the drop of a hat. As sledgehammers and chisels remove all signs of The Late Unpleasantness from public view, the president recently asked what should be an obvious question: where does this stop? Do we now shroud Washington and Jefferson because their accomplishments are tainted by having been slaveholders? Do we remove statues of Christopher Columbus because his voyage helped trigger an epidemic that decimated Native Americans? Even Ol’ Abe is apparently not safe from the rampaging mobs.
Perhaps most importantly, can we even allow people who happen to be an Asian named Robert Lee to broadcast a sports game for ESPN?
The decision to remove an Asian-American announcer named Robert Lee from calling University of Virginia’s home opener — “simply because of the coincidence of his name,” as ESPN inexplicably admits — unsurprisingly lit up the Internet with outrage, jokes and memes…
In its mock-worthy statement, ESPN laments, “It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue.”
Un-be-lievable. It’s not just Lee, either. These crazed activists are literally saying “and the horse you rode in on…”
Over at the University of Southern California, activists are taking issue with the school’s mascot, a horse named Traveler. The mascot, according to his official bio, is “a symbol of ancient Troy. Its rider, with costume and sword, is a symbol of a Trojan warrior.”
So what’s the problem? Robert E. Lee’s horse was also named Traveller — spelled differently, but unacceptable nonetheless. (emphasis added)
If it pains people so much to be here, where the history of the United States is all around them, perhaps we should encourage them to leave instead of tearing down our national monuments. African-Americans caught defacing the nation’s history (including either side of the Civil War) should be assumed to identify as African, not American, and deported accordingly. (See what I did there?) White liberals caught in the same activity should be asked what country they think is more just, then stripped of their citizenship and given a one-way ticket there.
As a society we’ve allowed the temper tantrums to go on long enough. Baby needs to learn there are consequences to flinging poo everywhere.