A California college campus is on high alert after someone put a picture of a frog on a professor’s door. Now there’s a sentence your grandparents never would have dreamed of reading. Sadly, sentences like these are all too common these days.
A faculty member at Folsom Lake College has an office door that serves as a Progressive bulletin board of sorts. On the door you’ll find flyers warning you about fascists, flyers about keeping the campus safe, and, for at short time earlier this month, a picture of Pepe the frog.
Pepe the frog is perhaps the most complex cartoon character who has ever existed. Pepe was created by Matt Furie in the early days of MySpace. For over a decade he was among the most popular sources for memes. Even Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj retweeted memes with his image. But a couple of years ago, Pepe was co-opted by white supremacists and it’s all been downhill for the cartoon frog from there.
Whether the cartoon was placed on the professor’s door as a legitimate act of hate or just to trigger a bunch of perpetually triggered Progressives remains to be seen. Either way, the college took the cartoon seriously. Check that. They took the cartoon too seriously.
They called the police.
An e-mail sent to the campus community states that, ““While we do not immediately know the intentions of the person(s) who posted the picture, we are treating this incident with the highest level of seriousness and have already conducted a sweep of all Folsom Lake College campuses to look for other instances of these materials.”
A sweep of all Folsom Lake College campuses?!
This is sort of like when a mom calls the police because her son won’t clean up his room. Sure, the kid has a bad attitude but does this problem really require police activity? In reality, such action reveals a deeper problem. It tells us that the parent lost the child long ago. The kid is running the show.
At Folsom Lake College, the kids are running the show. Had adults been actually leading, the flyer would have been taken down — along with some of the more socially acceptable flyers already on the door — and classes would have resumed as normal. The police would not have been called. There would have been no sweep of campus.
In instances like these, it’s easy to come down hard on the students. Boomers and Gen-Xers are good at critiquing Millennials and Gen-Zers for their safe spaces and snowflake tendencies, all the while forgetting that we were the ones handing out trophies to their last place teams and “protecting” them from threats that did not exist. The type of hysteria we are seeing on college campuses did not just happen. It was created and earlier generations are somewhat responsible for it.
And about the other flyers on that faculty member’s door. You know, the ones that were perfectly fine as far as the students of Folsom Lake were concerned. One flyer referred to references to free speech as “fascist dog whistles” and another said that, “If there is a God, his plan is very similar to someone not having a plan.”
These flyers, while still not requiring a call to the SWAT team, should be seen as every bit as dangerous or offensive as a picture of a frog. Are Christian students at Folsom Lake expected to feel “safe” in that environment? And what’s so anti-fascist about anti-free speech?
The Progressivism we are seeing on campuses like Folsom Lake College is a lot like the thief who started a fire in the farmer’s front yard so that he could steal the chickens out of the back. All of their talk about “safety” and “equality” is really a guise for totalitarianism. It’s not oppression that they’re against. They just want to be the ones who get to do the oppressing. While modern Progressives have people worried about pictures of frogs and things like “environmental racism”, they’ve got their thieving eyes the freedoms in your backyard.
As Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff point out in their excellent book, The Coddling of the American Mind, human beings are designed to grow through opposition. When they are protected from opposing viewpoints and led to believe that any views different from theirs are not safe, they become cult-like and weak. Folsom Lake Community College and campuses like it should be seen as microcosms of what our culture could become. Everyone will be safe but no one will be free.
To quote the words of that great American prophet, “Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay.”