Jim Ramsey apologized a second time Tuesday to people “offended” because he wore a sombrero in a photo taken as part of a Halloween celebration at the University of Louisville on Friday. The second apology was prompted by a protest outside the President’s Office.
Too many people these days looking for creative ways to be offended. Eager to be offended. Like they’re disappointed when they can’t accuse someone of racism. Doesn’t seem to matter whether there’s any valid reason or whether there are facts to back up their accusations.
It was Halloween, folks, a day set aside for people of all ages to wear costumes. A time for make believe, having fun. gorging on sweets. An American custom, people have been doing it for over a century. What’s next? St. Patrick’s Day? I’ve always found leprechauns to be more than a little strange.
The staff party at UofL in which Ramsey participated was innocent enough. Someone probably handed him a sombrero and a poncho between meetings and he paused for a photo. Everyone was dressed in Mexican costumer, including white and black staffers. Some of them, including females, wearing handle bar mustaches. Typical Mexican festive attire.
If wearing the traditional dress of other cultures is questionable, what does it say about the accusers and about their beliefs of the people they have appointed themselves to defend? They obviously find fault with the other people’s customs, or they wouldn’t be so offended.
Oddly, there was only a handful of protestors of Latin American heritage among the students in the demonstration outside the President’s office. Hamming it up for the TV cameras, with no serious purpose for the protest, making absurd demands, including the removal of a Confederate statue. Ironic that it would happen at a university which has been among the leaders in the “equality movement.”
Ramsey has apologized twice now. That’s one time too many.