Thursday, April 13, 2006

I love stories like this, XLIX

What do Condoleezza Rice, a watermelon, and Bellevue Community College in Washington state have in common? A silly dust-up over a racial slur in a math problem. Sound far-fetched? It's business as usual in today's grievance culture when poked by somebody with a political ax to grind:
[Bellevue Community College student, Chelsey] Richardson, 25, said she found the question on a practice test for a math final she was studying for in March. The question read, "Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second." The question went on to ask when the watermelon will hit the ground, based on a formula provided. The question propagates a racial stereotype and denigrates Secretary of State Rice, said [Mercer Island civil-rights activist, Rev. Wayne] Perryman. While Rice's last name wasn't mentioned, the reference was clear, he said.

The grievance/political aspect of the story comes later:
The college declined to release the name of the teacher who wrote the question. [Bellevue Community College President Jean] Floten said the teacher has apologized and requested cultural-sensitivity training.

Isn't it wonderful that the culturally tone-deaf teacher voluntarily committed him/herself to sensitivity training? I am deeply moved by that demonstration of moral courage. I...I can hardly sp-speak! [Sob!]

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