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U. Minnesota Claims Anti-Christmas Memo Wasn’t Supposed to be Made Public

U. Minnesota Claims Anti-Christmas Memo Wasn’t Supposed to be Made Public

“not for distribution”

Of course they didn’t mean it to be public, it was terrible. We covered the memo in question in an earlier post. Now the school is back-tracking.

The College Fix reports:

University of Minnesota says its anti-Christmas memo wasn’t supposed to leak to the public

The University of Minnesota has limited options in responding to a memo distributed during a “Dean’s Dialogues” event on “religious diversity,” hosted by its agricultural school.

We’ve all seen it: The memo calls all manner of secular holiday garb “not appropriate,” including bows, bells, Santa Claus, conifers, wrapped gifts, and any red-and-green or blue-and-white themes.

So it resorted to the excuse of last resort: The public wasn’t supposed to see it.

A spokesperson for the agricultural school initially told Campus Reform the memo was “not policy” and “not for distribution.”

This is a slight tweak to what a universitywide spokesperson originally told The Fix: The memo was “not distributed broadly” to agricultural-school employees and does not reflect current university, school-specific or Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action “official guidance.”

The university appears to have told the agricultural school to stop talking. In a followup statement to Campus Reform, the administration passed the buck to “a single employee whose attempt at a diversity training session was, to be blunt, ill advised.”

It told the media outlet the university “would never implement” a policy on religious diversity for holidays.

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In other words, “We’re sorry we got caught.” Bull. Even if it was done by a single employee, it would not have happened if the university didn’t support a culture that approved of such things.

Interesting perversion of language there. “Blunt” implies an unusual degree of candor, of the sort customarily veiled by circumlocution and conventionalized platitudes.

“a single employee whose attempt at a diversity training session was, to be blunt, ill advised.”

But “ill-advised” isn’t blunt, it’s coy.

“Blunt” would be something more like, “OMG! What a disaster! Now everybody knows what scum-suckers we really are! We’ll fire the guy and everyone who had anything to do with hiring him … but this is Christmas so it will have to wait ’til tomorrow.”

Squirrel!

Pathetic.

amatuerwrangler | December 25, 2017 at 10:02 pm

These are people in the upper echelons of a large university that is shaping the thought processes of youngsters, supposedly preparing them to enter the “real world” and they put out a memo like this and expect it to stay private?? And when they turn out to be very wrong about the privacy part, their defense is: we didn’t want you to see this?

I am getting a much better understanding about how this millennial generation is getting so effed up.

Once you turn on the lights, the cockroaches furiously scramble back into the shadows seeking safety.

They still do…..

It wasn’t supposed to be made public? Oh, well that’s OK then.

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