Military and Police

The Crosswalk to Stupidity

You know how when someone says, “Have you heard what the left [or the euphemism or epithet of your choice] is doing now?” you wince. You don’t know whether to cover your ears or your eyes or the other person’s mouth. You wait for the news snippet as if you’re about to have a tooth pulled—no anesthetic, with a string tied to a doorknob.

I’ve seen this, and I’ve felt like this. In fact, my wife reacted just like this when I told her about this story.

You’ve heard so much leftist stupidity delivered in the ironical names of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion that you truly thought you must have heard it all. This next leftist morsel will make you wonder if there is any dopey social justice petition you could dangle in front of today’s college students that so many of them would not sign.

Well, it seems there’s not. Recently, Ethan Cai of strolled undercover onto the George Washington University campus with a fake petition to find out if any students (and, maybe, one faculty) would sign it. What issue did the petition address? Glad you asked.

You know those pedestrian crossing signs where it shows the little luminescent (white) man either walking or not walking to signal people to go or don’t go across the street? Well, the petition proposed changing pedestrian crossing signals from an oppressive “white” man to a much more inclusive image of a female (although, I think that presumptuous female in a skirt brings up its own social justice issues, but…one existential crisis at a time, please), or a rainbow colored person, or a person in a wheelchair, or icons of various other colored people icons.

I mean, don’t you find that white man (so white he’s literally luminescent) at least a little bit offensive? In fact, I discovered if you’re wearing glasses while it’s raining, if you look sideways at just the right angle, it looks as if that glowing white man is wearing a white hood…just sayn’. That privileged passel of electrons telling everybody what to do. “Walk!” “Don’t Walk!” Who the hell does he think he is?

This is a fitting demonstration that the left has been successful in its indoctrination of academia. Just read some of the responses Cai got from GWU students who signed the petition (and from one lucid student who didn’t).

One woman was so animated she was downright giddy. “That’s awesome!” she said and signed.

A male student said, “That’s a good idea.”

“This is super cool,” said a female student.

“That’s so cute,” said another woman.

Another young man said, “Kind of simple, just a guy walking across the street. But if it can help other people, why not?” An example of millennial non-confrontation.

An example of me interrupting: Why not? Because it’s stupid. When did it go out of fashion to call stupidity stupid?

With that ready-for-a-tooth-to-be-pulled look of hesitation, one student said, “Oh, Christ… Honestly, I’m ideologically opposed.” He was more diplomatic than I might have been. He could have just said, “I’m not signing that stupid petition!”

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at

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