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Could You Get More Mediocre?

November 19, 2012

Published here on October 15, 2012

Two nights ago, as a kickoff to N.C. State’s Diversity Education Week, the Free Expression Tunnel was decorated with the words “n—– f–” which were splayed across the walls in pink. Nice touch, by the way. If you read into it with the scrutiny of an English professor, you could even argue the case for bringing in gender through the color choice.

Sigh. Every year, something like this gets written on the walls of the tunnel. And every year, we as a student body react to it. This is not to criticize how the University handles it at all. Each time, the reaction is both admirable and appropriate. A statement about diversity is issued, Technician covers it. It’s all great PR for diversity, but it’s getting to the point that I feel like the Joker from The Dark Knight, observing the actions of the mobsters.

It’s all so…boring.

Look, I really applaud the efforts of whoever you are that writes these hateful things across campus. The writing on the door of the GLBT center? Way to hit close to home. It’s getting to the point that this is becoming a tradition, and it’s been repeated often enough that I’ll have something to tell my kids about “back when I went to N.C. State….”

But seriously, can we move on? Because I’m beginning to tire of the blasé nature of it all. The Civil Rights movement was way back in the ‘60s. It’s true that Amendment One passed, but I thought we’d moved beyond the middle school-style insults towards same-sex relationships. Come on, am I not right? Gum is a far more interesting item to stick on a wall than hateful words. That was so high-school-bathroom-stall stuff.

But then, to your credit, it could be the case that your angle is simply mediocrity. I guess in a strange way it’s not mainstream to go for completely unmemorable, live-in-the-moment jazz. I can bend my mind around it if I really try. Yeah, there’s beauty in the average. There’s comfort in the run-of-the-mill. The second rate can indeed be glorified.

Wait, what am I saying?  Look, no one really cares about you and your issues with certain minority groups. People aren’t going to change their outlooks on life because you wrote a few words on the walls of the Free Expression Tunnel.

It’s nice that you’re trying as hard as you can to start a new tradition here at N.C. State, but it’s just too middle-of-the-road.

Why don’t you just save your paint and get some sleep during those wee hours of the morning. That will save us here at Technician some page space to cover something much more interesting.

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