Structural Pain Happens Every Day

This is how the protesting snowflakes at Sarah Lawrence speak:

The Coalition ally responds, expressing her frustration that she is white and the only student who administration has apologized to. “I am not facing the structural pain that is happening to the people of this movement every single day at… this institution.”

— The Phoenix (@SLCPhoenix) March 13, 2019

I’m not facing… the structural pain… that is happening…to the people of this movement… every single day – what language is this, exactly?

A lot of structural pain happens to me when I face the English language being tortured this way.

9 thoughts on “Structural Pain Happens Every Day”

  1. I now find all of this craziness to be very entertaining. I can’t wait for next year’s demands on a college campus, which may actually make those of the Sarah Lawrence activists seem reasonable.


  2. I don’t find any of it entertaining. The kids have learned some jargon, but not how to properly apply it. No surprise. Some of the faculty may be similarly clueless. Why this matters to anyone is beyond me.


    1. I’m a college professor. This matters to me because I’m very scared that it will happen to me. It happens a lot to people in my profession. We are terrified.

      In my case, it’s not students I fear. Our students don’t have structural pain happen to them. I’m afraid of our campus party apparatchik who has already publicly threatened me using exactly this kind of language.


      1. I’m sorry this happened to you, Clarissa. The sad thing is that threats of disciplinary action against faculty by diversity bureaucrats is one way that they can show that the work they do on campus is necessary–this is partly how these staff positions can be justified and these people can keep their jobs.

        Let me be clear: I find the situation at Sarah Lawrence College to be amusing because so many of the protestors’ demands are just ridiculous–but not the demand that the one professor’s tenure be reviewed and possibly revoked. I read the professor’s op-ed that the students are criticizing, and there is nothing in it that is even close to offensive. Although I am not amused by the administration’s reluctance to offer a strong defense of the professor, it does appear that the professor is not in danger of losing his job or having to go through any kind of disciplinary hearing. So that’s why I can feel entertained by the attitude and actions of the protestors.


        1. I find the situation at Sarah Lawrence College to be amusing because so many of the protestors’ demands are just ridiculous

          If it starts to get more coverage in the mainstream news I’m hoping that it gets dubbed “the fabric softener rebellion”.


        2. These are very ridiculous people, that’s true. It’s sad that they don’t understand how idiotic they sound. These are ultra-privileged people who like to see themselves as victims of… too little fabric softener. What a disgrace. What a total lack of self-awareness or just basic shame.


  3. “I now find all of this craziness to be very entertaining.”

    So do I. It’s almost as amusing as the current state of U.S. politics.

    When I was a young man, I was bemused by how the old people would inevitably remark that the world around them had gone berserk and was getting nuttier everyday. Now I’m in my dotage, and guess what? All those old people were right!


    1. It’s easy to laugh over what doesn’t threaten you. But just wait until I start poo-poohing prostate issues and saying how I can’t fathom why anybody would care.


      1. “It’s easy to laugh over what doesn’t threaten you.”

        Of course it is. But since I have no control over certain issues that “[don’t] threaten me,” and couldn’t fix them if I wanted to, it’s better for my mental health not to be concerned.


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