Bowdoin Students Facing Impeachment For Attending Party With Sombreros

BowdZmedalGold_220UnknownWe have been discussing the crackdown on speech deemed offensive or insulting to anyone or any group on U.S. campuses. The latest example can be found at Bowdoin, one of the country’s oldest and leading colleges. Two student government members are facing calls for punishment and impeachment for attending a party where some people wore tiny sombreros.

In the latest case, students threw a birthday party for a friend. The email invitation read: “the theme is tequila, so do with that what you may. We’re not saying it’s a fiesta, but we’re also not not saying that🙂.” The invitation was reportedly send by a student of Colombian descent who seemed concerned to even use the word “fiesta”. Some students wore miniature sombreros and pictures were posted to social media. That quickly prompted the launching of a formal investigation into an “act of ethnic stereotyping.”

20021_10153330925368194_5848403594537230124_nNotably, sombreros were worn at alumni events at the college as the Washington Post reported — and posted this picture.

In an interview, Michelle Kruk, a senior and vice president of student government, insisted that “It’s not about tequila or sombreros . . . It’s about casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity at a school that has seen far too many examples of both.” Sounds like it is the tequila and sombreros. The policing of stereotypes or insensitivity in the speech or associations of students has become a growing focus on colleges and universities. This movement has obvious and negative implications for free speech on campuses as well as associational rights. The point seems to be that college students who want to throw a themed party should be disciplined because they are too “casual” in their treatment of a given culture or group. The standard is so fluid as to be unintelligible to any but those objecting at any given moment.

What do you think?

48 thoughts on “Bowdoin Students Facing Impeachment For Attending Party With Sombreros

  1. Chant du Diable goes well with that Edith Piaf song
    but back in her day the ones signing it were in the 33rd Div. Charlemagne!

    I think both songs are in the same key, roughly the same cadence, but, not quite the same

  2. @John Smith

    That was a beautiful and sad song. Here is one that you might like, and probably never heard because the group, Courage of Lassie, was never real big to my knowledge. This was on one of my dad’s CDs that I stole. They were produced by a company in Louisiana, but I think they were French-Canadian. This is all relevant because the CD was called, Sing Or Die, which is kind of Legion-y:

    plus a great one they did in English:

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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