Phi Beta Cons

The Horrifying Oppression of Duke Cheston

What’s wrong with college kids these days? It seems that none of them want to be the victims of oppression anymore. The Pope Center’s Duke Cheston attended a “Tunnel of Oppression” at North Carolina State University a couple of weeks ago — and no students showed up to be oppressed, only himself and a university employee.

The Tunnel — put on by no less august organizations than the school’s Multicultural Student Affairs office, the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, and a bunch of student groups with equally silly names that could have been spewed out of a random generator — at least made Duke realize his own victimhood. As the highly educated son of a successful computer engineer, he thought he had it pretty good. But, no — he is oppressed! Or at least that’s what he was told after he admitted that, several years ago, he felt a little out of place after a minor fashion faux pas on the UNC–Chapel Hill campus. It apparently qualifies as oppression because our evil society pressures us to conform against our need for self-expression. Oh, the humanity!

There is plenty of real oppression in the world: women caught in living nightmares in Islamic-fundamentalist societies, political opponents of despots such as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro imprisoned and tortured, and so on. Absurd attempts to turn us all into victims like N.C. State’s Tunnel of Oppression mock life’s seriousness.

Now, excuse me while I go make fun of Duke’s clothes. Bwahahaha!

Most Popular

U.S.

Confirm Pompeo

What on earth are the Democrats doing? President Trump has nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo, eminently qualified by any reasonable standard, to be America’s 70th secretary of state. And yet the Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, have perverted the advice and consent clause of the Constitution into a ... Read More
Culture

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More
PC Culture

People Are Losing Their Minds Over Starbucks

We can all easily imagine circumstances in which a manager of a coffee shop or restaurant might properly call the police to ask them to remove loiterers. These are places of business. There’s nothing wrong in principle with calling the cops on non-customers who are taking up space. And there’s nothing wrong ... Read More
PC Culture

The Dark Side of the Starbucks Stand-Down

By now the story is all over America. Earlier this month, two black men entered a Starbucks store in Philadelphia. They were apparently waiting for a friend before ordering — the kind of thing people do every day — and one of the men asked to use the restroom. A Starbucks employee refused, saying the restroom ... Read More
World

Save the Eighth

There are many things to admire in Ireland’s written constitution. Most especially, the text includes, since a popular referendum in 1983, the Eighth Amendment: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to ... Read More
White House

The Comey & Mueller Show

It has been a good week for President Trump. Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz provided indisputable evidence that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe lied at least four key times and was fired by the attorney general for cause -- and that Mr. Trump had nothing to do with it. McCabe and ... Read More