I’ve been watching events unfold at Yale and Missouri with no small amount of fascination. At Yale, students with foam-flecked mouths are screaming hysterically because an administrator suggested that they man up a little and face the fact that Halloween might result in their seeing costumes they don’t like. Rather than telling these mental marshmallows to grow a spine, Yale’s president made an abject, groveling apology.
Meanwhile, at the University of Missouri, the all-important football team went on strike because the President had failed to show insufficient anger in the face of racial slurs crudely daubed around the campus. The charge that the President showed insufficient emotion reminded me of nothing so much as the tears North Koreans shed when Kim Jong Il died — not necessarily because they were that sad to see a tyrant go, but because the failure to mourn with enthusiasm could result in a one-way trip to a concentration camp: