Sunday, November 30, 2008

Diversity or Death at Canadian University

Via Critical Mass comes this disturbing 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...

The motion was forwarded by Donnie Northrup, who represents science students. Mr. Northrup did not respond to a request for an interview.

That's scary, and here's part of the reason why it's so scary:

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.

This story is more proof that education does not equal intelligence.


KauaiMark said...

Maybe then can "balance" the diversity equation by including sickle cell anemia which primarily affects African and Hispanic Americans?

Darren said...

Or breast cancer, which affects primarily women.

This kind of thinking is sick.

Ellen K said...

I hope that a hoard of parents who has CF striken kids show up on that campus in protest. What sheer idiocy. I guess we shouldn't help kids with Sickle Cell since it only affect a small segment of the population.

Stopped Clock said...

Darren said...

That's good news. Here's the money quote:

"But despite CUSA's (Carleton University Students' Assn) efforts to backtrack on the controversial decision, a student movement has emerged to impeach Ms. Smyth and councillor Donnie Northrup, the science councillor who wrote the motion."