Sorry, y’all. I got a horrible cold that I couldn’t shake; I’ve been on the sofa for a week. I’m back in action. Did a spin class this morning, and I’m catching up on all the conversation from last week.
In the meantime, I have one anecdote. Jonah went to orientation at his college last week. It was sort of like college camp. He slept in the dorms, attended ice-breakers, and listened to presentations on various topics for two days.
One of the presentations that he attended was about words and phrases that you can’t say. Student leaders showed the group a power point slides on the bad words and gave them alteratives. Jonah said some of the words were obviously offensive. He knew that he shouldn’t say “that’s retarded!” or “that’s so gay!” But he was surprised to learn that he couldn’t say “that’s insane!” or “that’s crazy!,” because it could be seen as a microaggression against those with mental illnesses. They discussed safe spaces and trigger words.
What Jonah took away from that presentation is that some people on his campus are crazy and that he wants to join a fraternity, because he thinks that there will be fewer crazy people in a fraternity.
If I can’t respond to Donald Trump’s tweets with a simple “that’s crazy!,” I’m at a loss. Can someone provide me with another response?