The milk of human kindness gone sour

A Canadian university students association has voted to drop a Cystic Fibrosis charity because the disease is not “diverse enough”:

The Carleton University Students’ Association has voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as the beneficiary of its annual Shinearama fundraiser, supporting a motion that argued the disease is not “inclusive” enough.

Cystic fibrosis “has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men” said the motion read Monday night to student councillors, who voted almost unanimously in favour of it.

I’m sure these students feel that they are not hard-hearted people. And there are plenty of deserving charities to give to.  I have no doubt they will do good work on behalf of another charity that better fits their world-view.

But this is one of those canary-in-a-coal-mine kind of moments. The fact that a near unanimous group of students voted to drop a charity based on the race and gender of the afflicted shines a harsh light on a particular moral rot. That rot is a set of values that elevates political correctness above all else. These students should (voluntarily) go to a hospital and visit some CF afflicted children.

On a happier note, I would like to recommend BJ’s Restaurant. They recently opened one in my area and the food is great. I don’t drink beer, but others have told me their beers are quite good.

And they are a strong supporter of CF charities.


2 responses to “The milk of human kindness gone sour

  1. Jeff, I believe the decision was rescinded


  2. Hopefully that would have be an exercise in learning rather than damaged control, but I have my doubts. I would be interested in finding out if any of them even now understand what all the fuss was about.

    Regardless, whether this student group contributes to CF or some other worthy charity is beside the point.

    The point is that the original decision shows an utterly skewed value system. I don’t blame the students. They are basically kids acting on the values they have been taught. I blame their parents and educational system.

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