This is too disgusting for words. Almost. The Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) has cancelled Shinerama, an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Why?
...the motion read that orientation week strives to be inclusive and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts are serving a diverse community.
However, the motion went on to say that "and whereas cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people and primarily men, be it resolved that: CUSA discontinue its support of this campaign."
This is insanely idiotic for two reasons. First, it's not true. Cystic Fibrosis (which is an incredibly horrible disease, by the way) affects just as many women as men. And, by virtue of genetics, affects caucasian populations. This includes people from South Asia, North Africa, the Persian Gulf and Israel.
Second, it is based upon a thoroughly revolting mental exercise. Namely, that if a given charitable exercise affects people who have a different skin colour than me, then it's not worth doing. If this principle were applied generally, even the dimmest individual can imagine the horrendous consequences. An earthquake flattened a place where the people look different than me? Let 'em die. A murderer is attacking someone with a different skin colour than mine? Let 'em die. Because that's what happens when you have CF. You die.
And I can't help but think if this motion were directed at a charity that benefitted a non-white or non-male group, it would never have passed. I am well acquainted with the monstrous history of racism in the world, much of it perpetrated by white males. But I refuse to believe that the diseases that affect me, or my children, are somehow less important as a result. If you're against racism, believe moral principles to be universal, and not a total moron, you have to find this sort of thing totally outrageous.
This is political correctness gone insane. Rather than promoting equality, this divides and encourages the worst kind of essentialism. I encourage everyone who reads this story to do something. Blog. Write a letter. Email. Just let the alleged leaders at CUSA know this kind of thing is not acceptable.