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PC Madness at GWU - Ban Stick Figure Crosswalk "White Man"
Students Already Voted to Ban "Colonials" Who Successfully Fought British Colonialism
The student body also recently voted to ban the word "Colonials" for the school's sports teams because it was also seen as oppressive, even though it was the American colonials who defeated the British who colonized us, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who pronounces this as the ultimate PC madness.
The students are upset because, in the words of the petition, "we are told by the symbol of a white man when it is okay to cross," and "many students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of color, gender fluid individuals, and LGBTQA+ individuals, feel oppressed by this."
Many students signed the petition which "vehemently urge[d] the University to consider changing the crosswalk signs."
Even more astonishing, one of my fellow faculty members also expressed support for this ridiculous demand, says Banzhaf, who has taught at GWU for many years, and helped to beat back earlier equally ridiculous8s student demands after Donald Trump was elected president.
One student complained that the stick figure evidenced a "lack of representation";
Another proclaimed that it would be "one step" towards creating a "more welcoming campus environment"
This is the same campus, Banzhaf notes, that banned any display of an ancient religious symbol, and actually suspended and almost expelled a student for displaying it, because one student momentarily mistook it for a Nazi swastika.
The irony, says Banzhaf, is that even the display of a real Nazi swastika is protected by guarantees of free speech. He notes that, under the president's new executive order, the university could face a fund cutoff for just such an actionl
No doubt these students will feel even more oppressed when they find out that the petition was simply a joke; a test to see how thoroughly the campus has been infected by extreme political correctness, says Banzhaf.
JOHN F. BANZHAF III, B.S.E.E., J.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School,
FAMRI Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor,
Fellow, World Technology Network,
Founder, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH),
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