Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Burn Those Triggering Words!

Here is a ditty from the TLS’s “NB" column of November 13th. “Among the more attractive awards of the season is the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize. The six winners of 2015 are grouped together in a book daring titled A Eulogy for Nigger, after the leading essay by David Bradley, a superb series of digressions on the author’s attachment to the taboo word.” In the meanwhile the victims' chorus is working overtime— the Jews who are referred to by the complainant in The Merchant of Venice, the disturbed folks and who have been called schizos and psychos, the transsexuals who have been called trannies, the women and men who are referred to by derogative terms for their genitals and let’s not forget all the pejoratives used against the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese and "the Russkies", the term Buck Turgidson employed in Dr. Strangelove. If you hated university life, here is your great chance to be expelled. It's like getting an honorary degree for those who run the risk of getting tarred and feathered at Columbia, Yale, Princeton and certainly any branch of the University of California where the primary form of oral sex practiced on campus lies in the tongue twister known as “affirmative consent.” Three cheers for Lenny Bruce and George Carlin! The language police are everywhere, waiting for you to show up with your copy of A Eulogy for Nigger, though Conrad’s The Nigger of the Narcissus will do. Thousands of impressionable and highly sensitive students who are easily “triggered” will join the mob. Remember back in the 60’s when women showed their liberation by burning their bras. If you attended one of these auspicious institutions you may want to set fire to your diploma before, like in the Ray Bradbury fantasy re-enactment of Nazism, Fahrenheit 451, they burn your books.

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