Est. May 2008

30 June, 2013

Exhumation

Hot on the heels of the recent Paula Deen pillory-party, wherein she’s being publicly humiliated for using the ‘n-word’ 30-some years ago, we have the story of Babson College and its current president, Leonard A. Schlesinger, who apologized to predominately-Jewish Brandeis University for anti-Semitic ‘antics’ of some of their soccer players.

An event which happened 35 years ago.

Apparently, President Schlesinger didn’t think the apology issued at the time of the event was enough:
At the time, Babson’s administration responded to the soccer team’s disturbing anti-Jewish antics in several ways, notes Boston.com. The president at the time publicized the event to the entire campus. The team also had to write formal apologies and watch a movie about the atrocities of the Holocaust. The athletic director also issued an apology.
All it took, apparently, was a single student who ‘recently informed [the president of the college] of the incident.’

But an apology didn’t even go far enough for President Schlesinger:
Schlesinger also announced that 500 first-year students will be saddled with an anti-bias program during orientation because of the incident, which occurred during the Carter administration, 17 years before most of the freshmen were even born.
So 500 freshmen at Babson College will be forced to take their 40 lashes for something done, as the author of this article points out, almost two decades before they were even born.

Our society is pretty het-up about apologizing for things none of us had anything to do with, or things which we did decades ago when we were ‘young and foolish’; we’re still apologizing to Native Americans, we’re still apologizing to African Americans, we’re still apologizing for, well, pretty much anything that was done way back when.  I certainly can understand apologizing for stuff we do now, or, say, back a half-decade or maybe a decade ago, but let’s get serious – we’re apologizing for things two generations plus, folks, and in this case we’ve got kids apologizing for things done before they were conceived.

There’s a Bible verse that springs to mind: ‘The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 

That’s Ezekiel 18:20, for those keeping score.

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