Carleton Votes Against Cystic Fibrosis

Carleton University is getting more attention than they want right now. The Student Association voted against fundraising for cystic fibrosis, something they’ve been doing for more than 25 years. Although one council member argues that they wanted to rotate charities, the statement that cystic fibrosis was primarily a white man’s disease was a deciding factor.

Yoicks! Where have the brains of students gone? As it turns out, CF affects as many girls as boys (not men here, many young people). From what I remember from anthropology there are three distinct racial groups: Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid, where specific physical and genetic traits differentiate them. The Caucasoid or Caucasian group includes white people, some North American First Nations, Indians, people from the Middle East and Europe. Many of them have brown skin but they’re of the caucasoid group. Not to mention many people are of mixed race and therefore can be black and white.

So, the Carelton U council got their facts wrong. But let’s say their facts were right, that the disease they were fundraising to help eradicate only affected white men. What if they then had voted this in, as they thought they were? It seems some people can’t see the reverse racism here.¬†Should a person suffer because they are of a certain color, or a certain gender, even if it is the one we joke about as the least popular: white male? Should a child suffer because he was born a white boy?

Sickle cell anemia predominantly affects black people. Other diseases affect particular ages, or races or genders. Should one disease be barred from research or its victims from the benefits of such research because of this. Carleton U Student Association, time you guys took a class on ethics.

I’m all for equality but that means not biasing one group over another, not favoring one and not ostracizing any. If Carleton had voted to rotate their charity, that would have been a different story. But they didn’t. It’s sad to think that people get so caught up in being politically correct that they don’t see how incorrect they have really become. And in case anyone doubts the words, here is their motion:

Whereas Orientation week strives to be inclusive as possible
Whereas all orientees and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts will serve their diverse communities
And whereas cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men
Be it further resolved that: The CUSA representatives on the incoming Orientation Supervisory Board work to select a new broad reaching charity for orientation week.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/11/25/ot-081125-shinerama.html

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3 responses to “Carleton Votes Against Cystic Fibrosis

  1. Michel M

    A wave of backlash descended on a group of student who decided to cancel a charity who for years helped people suffering form Cystic Fibrosis a debilitating disease affecting both genders equally.
    I for one do not believe those students deserve to face such a wrath from so many nor should they be granted impunity I only hope this situation will remind anyone in the future who may underestimate the majority of men and women who believes in helping others from the goodness of the heart not from the color of their skin or gender. I sincerely hope this group will reverse their decision and this will calm the waters. Best of luck! to the President and council

  2. Somebody

    I had not heard of Carleton University before today. Now that I have heard of it, my impression of it is negative.

  3. Jake Crandell

    “I for one do not believe those students deserve to face such a wrath from so many…”

    I feel exactly the opposite. We give too many breaks to too many idiots who make too many bad decisions. The more wrath that is heaped on these morons, the less likely they will act without thinking in the future, and perhaps others will learn by their example.

    No quarter for fools who make their beds and don’t want to lie in them. The decisions these people make should be taken seriously, as they could affect the lives of others. They didn’t take it seriously, and chose some bizzare form of political correctness that somehow seemed okay in their minds. Don’t give them any breaks.

    Best quote:
    “Carleton U Student Association, time you guys took a class on ethics.”

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