University College London is No. 16 in the Times of London World University Rankings, just a bit above such institutions of the liberal (and we do mean liberal) arts as University of California, Berkeley. It strives very hard to promote diversity and progressive thought, and to maintain an atmosphere of welcome and inclusion at all times and for all people, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, yada yada yada. Thus it came as a surprise to many of its students and alumni when a reference to "White Christmas" popped up in an official university Tweet. Here's what it said.
Stunned by the implicit racism of the Tweet, Aman Thankar, who describes himself (it's Aman, geddit?) as "an alumni" replied "This UCL Alumni is not dreaming of a white campus, thanks." Another south Asian snowflake, @KhayerChowdhury, said, "Definitely wasn't my dream 4 years ago."
A little later, an SJW calling himself @KevinAllred was a little more vehement in his reaction to the dreaded trigger-words, writing, "fuck white america. fuck white supremacy. fuck white people. fuck an inability to see beyond our own noses. and fuck the faux concern for tragedies in the past while allowing them to continue in the present." Mr Allred used to be a professor at Rutgers, and has a history of being barking mad when it comes to Donald Trump.
Before the clock on the university's tower had struck noon, the school's politically correct administration had backed down and, of course, apologized profusely. @ucl Tweeted, "We chose our words very poorly yesterday when thinking of this song: http://bit.ly/2z3Te52. We’re sorry and we’ll choose our words more carefully in the future."
If you followed the link, you'll know that the song UCL had in mind was the old standard by Der Bingle. Walt likes it, but also likes this more modern version by The Drifters.
And here, just to prove that Walt too is against racism and in favour of diversity, inclusivity, yada yada yada, is a picture of The Drifters.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to them and to you!