Carleton University [Ottawa] students have decided to pull out of a Canada-wide fundraiser that provides close to $1 million a year for cystic fibrosis research, given that the disease "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men."Let me get this straight. cystic fibrosis, a disease [!], is not "diverse" enough to be considered a worthy recipient of charity from the student council of Carlton University ("Canada's Capital University")?
The Carleton University Students Association voted Monday night overwhelmingly in favour of choosing a new charity to support during its orientation week in September, in lieu of Shinerama, which raises money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The student council motion stated that orientation week "strives to be inclusive" and "all orientees and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts will serve their diverse communities.
I don't really know where to begin with this bit of stupidity. I suppose I could point out that the white, male sufferers of CF have mothers and sisters who might not share Carlton Student Council's views on the alleged non-inclusiveness of the disease. It might also be relevant to suggest that anything that benefits any sick person also benefits the community at large. That's what we're talking about, right? Community?
I'm wondering too if men might reconsider donating money to something like breast cancer research, or white people might decide to stop giving money to help those with sickle cell anemia. These are just examples that came into my head after thinking about this for about, oh, two seconds. Has Carlton Student Council thought any of this stuff through?
And then we have this (from the above-linked CBC article; emphases added):
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation called the student council's decision "crushing."Narrow-minded indeed. And stupid.
Nadine Imbleau Redman, spokeswoman for the foundation, said it's also not true that the disease affects only white people. The disease does affect mainly Caucasians, but that includes Europeans, Indians and people from the Middle East, she said.
Debbie Foster, whose six-year-old daughter Vicky has cystic fibrosis, said she thinks the decision is narrow-minded.