Student Support for Cystic Fibrosis Charity Dropped Because Disease is too "White"
Posted Dec 23 2008 9:14pm
When this story was thrown through the proverbial transom, I thought it must be from The Onion. Alas, no. A student organization at Carleton University has dropped supporting cystic fibrosis charities because the disease is not diverse enough. I kid you not. From the story:
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.
But wait, it might not just be white men that suffer from the disease!
The rationale for dropping cystic fibrosis as the beneficiary is not correct, she said. CF is diagnosed just as often among girls as boys, although the health of girls deteriorates more rapidly, she said. It is commonly considered an illness that affects Caucasians, but that includes people from the Middle East, South America, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent."'Caucasian' as we understand it isn't just white people," said Ms. Morrison. "It includes people with a whole rainbow of skins."
One of the councillors who voted in favour of switching the charity said Monday night that the information provided to the panel prior to the vote was factually incorrect, and he will be seeking support from other members to hold an emergency meeting to reconsider their decision. "After seeing all the reaction today, I definitely think it should be revisited and reconsidered," said Michael Monks, who represents Carleton's business students for the student council.
I've been to Canada often. I like Canadia. I know these kinds of attitudes don't come from the water. They come from political correctness that subverts reason and the ability to think critically.