Friday, 22 August 2008

The Biter Bit...

It seems the NUS has fallen foul of the kind of identity polics it's been so fond of encouraging elsewhere:
The National Union of Students has been criticised for failing to effectively tackle racism in its ranks.

Black students have spoken out after a series of alleged incidents that have occurred at recent student union events.

Bellavia Ribeirio-Addy, NUS black students' officer, claimed these incidents were not dealt with in an acceptable way.
Once again, those who've lived by the sword are now forced to consider it might not be a nice way to die. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people!

This part, though, really takes the biscuit:
There have also been allegations that at an event earlier in the summer, Muslim students had to eat their dinner behind a screen, separated from other delegates, as a non-alcoholic venue had not been provided.
So, not content with simply not drinking themselves, they consider it their right to force everyone else to go dry too...? Good luck with convincing a bunch of students that that's a valid approach!

5 comments:

patently said...

So what's "racist" about making separate arrangements for Muslim students?

Are they suggesting that Islam is exclusive to a specific ethnic group? If so, that in itself sounds racist. Someone should complain, methinks.

ScotsToryB said...

My dear AB,

I cannot find anything in the article that says everyone else has to be 'dry'.

Please explain.

Thanks.

STB.

p.s. I tried all your links and still cannot find the reason for your accusation.

If I have missed something, feel free to point it out to me.

STB.

JuliaM said...

"I cannot find anything in the article that says everyone else has to be 'dry'."

It's right there - they 'had to eat their dinner behind a screen, seperated from other delegates, as a non-alcoholic venue had not been provided'

JuliaM said...

In other words, and to make it quite clear, they are complaining that that was 'racist' (which as patently points out, makes no sense - 'Muslim' isn't a race) and whinging that they would prefer to force everyone to go dry the next time an event was held, so that they won't have to eat behind a screen.

Which, I don't know about you, but I think is a bloody cheek. Particularly as the Muslims I know have no problem entering a pub and socialising. THey simply order orange juice or Coke...

Rob said...

It could also mean that they demanded an additional, non-alcoholic venue. Either way, it doesn't matter. What matters is their ludicrous and dangerous sense of entitlement, and the carnage which results when they don't get what they want.