Have you ever crossed a stick figure in “walk” signals and pay attention to its color? If it were white, would you find it “oppressive”?
Ethan Cai, a student at Dartmouth College, thinks it is. In a Campus Reform‘s latest video, he asked students at George Washington University if they’d be willing to sign a petition calling for banning the iconic white stick figure in “walk” signals because they are “oppressive.”
And guess what, as the Campus Reform’s faux petition reads, “Many students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of color, gender fluid individuals, and LGBTQA+ individuals, feel oppressed by this.”
It seems absurd, but many of the students, and even one university faculty member, are shown willingly putting their signatures on the phony petition. Some students showed their support to the alternatives provided by Campus Reform are “so cute” and “lit,” but the majorities made a point of saying they can “absolutely” see how someone would be offended by the “white man” telling them what to do and felt that changing the sign helped promote “diversity.”
After declaring that the “negatively-charged figure of colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression,” the students who signed it offered the university some alternatives, including “Hippos,” “Revolutionaries,” or “River horses.”
About the minority? At the end of the video, one guy pushed back, saying he was “ideologically opposed” to the idea.
Well, is it really “White supremacy” or are these students getting too sensitive?