Birth of a snowflake nation: Indiana U. students mistake a Dominican friar for a KKKlansman
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
“On Monday, students at Indiana University Bloomington mistook a priest for a Ku Klux Klan member, taking to social media to express their fear of the alleged Klansman, who they claimed was carrying a whip, and dressed in ‘white robes.’
“Rumors of a Klansman on campus were extinguished after it was pointed out that the passerby was actually a priest innocently making his way through Bloomington, Indiana. When sighted on campus, students thought his white robes indicated an affiliation with the KKK.
A favorite panicked tweet was this one:
“iu students, be careful, there’s someone walking around in kkk gear with a whip.”
Love the “whip”! It’s the Da Vinci Code effect!
Then, Ethan Gill, a dorm RA at Indiana U., got into the act, issuing this dire e-mail warning:
“There has been a person reported walking around campus in a KKK outfit holding a whip. Because the person is protected under first amendment rights, IUPD cannot remove this person from campus unless an act of violence is committed. Please PLEASE PLEASE be careful out there tonight, always be with someone and if you have no dire reason to be out of the building, I would recommend staying indoors if you’re alone.”
Ooops! Soon enough, according to the Independent Journal, the “Klansman” was spotted at a campus eatery ordering a frozen custard for himself. His white “Klan robe” turned out to be the religious habit of the Dominicans, a Catholic order of friars whose members wear long white robes and black belts. His “whip” turned out to be a rosary.
Posted by Charlotte Allen