A McGill University student Brian Farnan has been ordered to draft a formal apology for sharing a photo of President Barack Obama kicking a door. A fellow Montreal university student filed a complaint over the image claiming that the image is racist and a form of “micro-aggression.” The recently coined term is reportedly used primarily by progressives and liberals to label “common annoyances suffered by people of all races.”
The same image of President Obama kicking a door drew laughter after Jay Leno shard in on The Tonight Show last fall as part of a monologue depicting the president a as being fed up with press conferences. Farnan sent the photo out in an email with the caption, “Honestly midterms, get out of here.” Nothing is the text shared by the McGill University had even a hint of racism, yet the young man was still put under pressure by the political correctness contingent at his Canadian college.
Micro-aggression claims have been uttered by University of Michigan minority activists when a student’s opinion was second-guessed during a group assignment. Heated debate reportedly ensued when the activists were informed about the alleged incident and claims that the campus was a hostile environment for “students of color” evolved. During the angst which occurred, some activists threatened “physical action” because of the academic disagreement during the group assignment.
McGill University student Brain Farnan is the vice president of the student government organization. The complaint filed over the email attachment claims that the photo of President Obama kicking a door was an example of racism because of the “culture, historical and living legacy surrounding people of color, particularly young men, being portrayed as violent.”
The formal letter of apology Farnan was forced to write was the least life-shattering punishment which McGill University could have ordered. According to the Canadian college’s equity policy, Farnan could have been either suspended or expelled from his student government position because of the email. The school’s equity commissioner handed down the punishment, which can only be overturned by a two-thirds majority vote by student government.
An excerpt from Brian Farnan’s Obama kicking in a door apology reads:
“Despite the innocent intentions influencing my decision to use this particular image, I have come to recognize the negative implications of adding the.GIF image within this given context. By using this particular image of President Obama, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of [Student Society of McGill University] communication to become the site of a micro-aggression; for this, I am deeply sorry.”
The controversial punishment has prompted the student government at McGill University to review the equity policy. Do you think Brian Farnan was guilty of micor-agression racism or is the incident merely an example of the thought police gone wild?
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