Student grievances


Students at Oberlin College don’t like the food
. But they can’t just not like the food, because it’s 2015; the food can’t just be not very good; it must be wrong and wicked; violent and oppressive; at the very least, a micro-aggression. Kids today, right? When I was a student, the food was a macro-aggression, and we ate it anyway, because there wasn’t anything else, unless you had money.* Then after dinner we went out and protested — not for ice cream, but for Natan Sharansky. But I digress.

The students at Oberlin find their food culturally appropriative, inauthentic, and racist. They want, no kidding, fried chicken every Sunday. I think the demand for fried chicken is evidence that not everyone at Oberlin is a complete idiot.

“What should we ask for?”

“Come on, guys, this it nuts. The rice for the sushi is undercooked? Really?”

“Yes, Carl, we know, but it’s what all the popular kids are doing. Think of it as an opportunity. What should we ask for? How about a big chicken dinner every Sunday?”

“Sure, whatever; to the barricades! No passaran! For the chicken! Anyway, I’ve got finals to study for.”

“So, all in favor of demanding chicken on Sundays?”

At least maybe someone gets a chicken dinner out of it.

*Really, the food in the dining hall was fine, though a little bland and monotonous. After I moved out of the residnece hall into an apartment the food got a good deal worse.

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2 thoughts on “Student grievances

  1. There are too many possible directions to go for the mockery, derision, and snark; it’s just overwhelming, so I lazily give up.

    On a related note, I think that this “micro-aggression” and “safe space” stuff has to come from being raised such that the primary (or exclusive) moral principles are Safety First and Be Nice.

  2. I’m reminded of the (maybe apocryphal) story that an Air Force pilot refused to fly the paratroopers any closer to their drop point over Grenada because it would violate safety regulations – people were shooting into the air, it seems. And compared to being good and being kind, being nice isn’t much.

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