Boston Magazine – In a recent email to incoming students, RAs at UMass Amhert’s Sycamore Hall said that not only are Harambe jokes written on whiteboards an attack on the school’s African American students, but they could constitute a Title IX violation as well.
“We understand that social media has been popularizing Harambe in some crude ways, which may appear as funny to groups of people,” the RAs wrote. “However, these comments are not only derogatory, but also micro-aggressions to some UMass Students.” …
The [floor] for African American students is the “Harambe” floor, after the Swahili word that means the “point where people pull together.” …
[T]he email says. “The floor has been in existence for many years, so any negative remarks regarding ‘Harambe’ will be seen as a direct attack to our campus’s [sic] African-American community.” …
The RAs suggested that a popular iteration of the meme, “Dicks out for Harambe,” could constitute a violation of federal Title IX guidelines. …
UMass Amherst said that, “as an institution that values free speech and the exchange of ideas,” the school has not banned any jokes or references to Harambe.
Well this appears to clear this up. Over the course of the week, the Internet freaked out by the news that UMass had banned all Harambe jokes as racially insensitive micro-aggressions and somehow sexist.
But the truth is a lot less sexy. It was just a couple of RAs warning people to watch their step and not confuse the real, sincere mourning for the late, great citizen of Cincinnati with something that could be taken as going all racist after the Sycamore Hall floor of the same name.
And not only is the school telling students that the way they mourn Harambe is between them and their gods, that they don’t have a problem with the well-intentioned “Dicks Out for Harambe” movement. Unless, one assumes, actual dicks aren’t actually out.
So well done, UMass. Stick tap to you for not being the bastion of insane over-thinking and oppressive political correctness we thought you were for a second there. Rational thinking has won the day. Cooler heads have prevailed. And now those of us who choose to honor that beloved creature aren’t ashamed to have you as our state university.
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:15pm — Anonymous
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:02pm — Anonymous
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Sean Payton publicly supporting the Pats, and Stephen A. has some harsh words for Carson Palmer.
[0:00:03] ... I so we told you that SeanPayton admitted to ESPN. That he was pretty much defending the patriots and depending TomBrady. Kept sticking it to the go to Italy so he wasn't shying away from Vietnam. So Bill Belichick obviously reacted to show ... [0:01:58] ... Bowl let alone one as probable who want go best day in TomBrady some got somebody you should not only be looking up to with. Respect you should Revere because he has everything that everybody ... [0:03:28] ... get it like it's it's it's easier so was that it does TomBrady was was Bree holding you back. Was Brady you know a lot of screwed up your timing it was yeah hovering what ... [0:04:01] ... He was basically giving your prayers and a but he was giving RodneyHarrison. A compliment. And so it was like this rally cry like or would threaten to heed it just showed that rod Ayers ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:01pm — Anonymous
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the Patriots' decision to hang a Banner in support of Tom Brady, and wonder if it will come down when the team returns to play at Gillette.
[0:00:03] ... but to placate stuff but I I I got to do this. SeanPayton usually you saw this the other day Basra jumping sends out the the the picture. Tweeted out with Brady Omnia in the ... [0:01:07] ... her defense that coordinator your general manager. A couple of you know. JonathanVilma like all those guys that were associated with such a chulk look at the economy to update the big scam also. And ... [0:04:49] ... bullet points here at places. One player above the team. Okay well TomBrady is about the team and sort episode bill preaches. It is not what bill reaches but bill showed you in the pre season. When TomBrady wanted to play in a pre season football game when it didn't necessarily make sense TomBrady play. OK so TomBrady is a ball. The rest of the team you could say he's not. And can play the cute game one big audience ... [0:08:22] ... punishment can expect Robert and still trying to show that they have TomBrady's back because of the backlash she got that. That's all it is. To the fans because the fans are still a little ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:59pm — Anonymous
Chandler Jones had been talking... a lot. Glenn, Lou, and Christian examine his comments, and what they mean to the Pats.
[0:04:25] ... set the OK curious look Islamic terror as we said you know BillBelichick never. Gotten rid of a guy. Date is gone some morals and flourished. No less than that I was 26. It'll blast that casino was still good player. I'd law you know but DeionBranch but they weren't that hail land right. 26 year old defensive end or the last time they've released anybody that age it ... [0:11:16] ... it sort of digit heat and that is now on I think CarsonPalmer joining in the wrong direction in his upper thirties right. Think guy I saw that over the weekend about what it is ... [0:12:10] ... you would have to admit. Even though you companies team up without TomBrady that this team with the whole lot better of 39 year old amber will play out. Article okay so Thomas good he's ... [0:13:02] ... Him out of the backfield would be a big difference and obviously TomBrady and number one big difference but a bit knotted. What would the end of most most and are away with this game ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:57pm — Anonymous
Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to Carson Palmer's comments about Deflategate and Tom Brady.
[0:00:26] ... on the team that you're playing that Sunday in decades that was CarsonPalmer. But he was asked the question about Brady in the trouble Leeson and he couldn't help himself. What are your thoughts on the way TomBrady was treated by the league. Tried not to follow it just could it was everywhere. Personal along. But it. I'm Bernard circle ... [0:02:01] ... If your body deemed a heroic record you know there's there's an CarsonPalmer some veteran. You know I mean Vicky Eli Manning fallen. Payton followed it. AaronRodgers followed. You know Drew Brees and keep up in a breeze maybe Irish code that I don't I'm whispered Roethlisberger poll think ... [0:05:47] ... egregious issued the apology was played at a C. You know hitter ReggieBush and all the other guys that they are valued up to shenanigans but. Here's the thing with the NFL when he goes ... [0:06:19] ... shot. You just say what you said. It. I honestly believe knowing CarsonPalmer. And you know small instances iPad in action with them and he knows the same agent and everything else. Teaches doesn't seed ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:55pm — Anonymous
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Steven Wright's absence, and more importantly, what his presence needs to be. Lou likes Denver to beat Carolina tonight.
[0:00:00] ... You're BostonRedSox are leading the division with a one game lead now over rupiah at Toronto blue edges. I would get a Steven Wright ... [0:13:58] ... touchdowns. And they are pretty damn good as possible right now those PeytonManning. Ever saw it on sailor you is it was it was freaking ugly you know and nine touchdowns and seventeen picks bad. ... [0:15:55] ... was great. I mean they think we beat the crap out of CamNewton just destroyed that offer he couldn't do anything so. It is they were last year no doubt it is an issue with the lead in the others were that they are gonna trade because Roby was playing better every kind of issues are true. Yeah it's like. Now on ice. And what was the last time do you think Anthony Carolina will be as good as they were all here's I'd I'd think base of acted. That CamNewton. Single handedly can help his team win. He can do he'd ask to be a big issue with helping them is also ... [0:17:07] ... that can definitely wanted to win their division side to you know CamNewton is is special. And that defense isn't going anywhere but the but the front is solid the linebackers are great secondary sharing ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:53pm — Anonymous
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the return of Koji Uehara, how Travis Shaw might be hitting his way back into a job, and an almost-controversy on NESN.
[0:03:52] ... be insane a one out in the ninth. Two up rather not DwightFreeney closer it wasn't to save the game. It was gonna control. The last time that I've asked interface to hitters have lost ... [0:08:06] ... find his way. It was in a Bogut came up at a WorldSeries in five months his rookie year was in 250. 240. But it clicked in September smoky hasn't skipped a beat. So bad ... [0:09:19] ... one key to Steve lines coming over the cable and Dave O'Brien. Chrisyoung's been a little bit of good luck charm they have won his last four starts. Ever all the controversy and criticism early ... [0:12:56] ... love. Huge. Really changes that in tiger whine about your goal without DavidOrtiz lined up. Again last month a real challenge we results. Will be a better player but as of right now September 2016. ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:46pm — Anonymous
Christian is trying to bury the audio from his "Comedy Special," and the boys react to Bill Belichick's response to Jimmy G.'s "Smooth operation" comment.
[0:04:44] ... that NASA give money you wait yes it critics question. What numbers DavidOrtiz volley out at dollars. Let the Red Sea represent god and god it's that you of one of those two border production. ... [0:09:02] ... bus. And he got to walk that he got a flat out AdrianPeterson won't that is what he got. I. Why is that so wrong with you Mia as this from Paramus experience Euro personal ... [0:13:27] ... wrong he's 100% correct and I don't think it's a shot at TomBrady it's we have three quarterbacks. What I was split and first reps with. And time in the pre season with. Now he's ...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:54am — Anonymous
I don’t know who this anonymous kicker is or where he’s from. But if I were Bill Belichick (and only by a cruel twist of fate I am not), I’d have my scouting department on this right now. I’d have them combing the Internet to find this kid and prepare to make him the Stephen Gostkowski of my distant future. Ricocheting an onside kick off your opponent’s skull bucket is exactly the kind of innovative and ballsy play I want out of my special teams. And anyone who can drill a kid in the facemask with a laser-guided missile from that kind of distance can tee it up for me any time.