If nothing else, the hysterics on university "safe spaces" are giving the nation something new to laugh at every week. Monday, Indiana University stepped up big to give us some "you can't make this stuff up" hilarity. The campus was gripped by widespread panic after a man in a "KKK hood carrying a whip" was spotted walking the hallowed grounds of the campus. It turned out to be a Dominican monk.
"iu students be careful, there's someone walking around in kkk gear with a whip," warned one student.
"IUBloomington there's a man walking around campus in a KKK hood carrying a whip and there's NOTHING you can do to make students feels safe?" tweeted another outraged student.
The Tab notes that though the university never sent out an official statement, some took it upon themselves to warn students, including one RA who sent out a warning about the man in a "KKK outfit holding a whip," urging students to shelter in place if they didn't have to be somewhere.
"Please PLEASE PLEASE be careful out there tonight, always be with someone and if you have no dire reason to be out of the building, I would recommend staying indoors if you're alone," he wrote.
He also noted the IUPD couldn't do anything about the "klansman" because of the First Amendment, writing, "Because the person is protected under the first amendment rights, IUPD cannot remove the person from campus unless an act of violence is committed."
Just as the furor on social media reached a fever pitch, the "klansman" was spotted at a local establishment. Turns out he was just a Dominican monk who regularly walks the campus praying for students. His whip: rosary beads.
The RA who gave the warning later posted an image of the Dominican monk on Facebook, writing, "Behold, your ‘klansmember….'
“This is what happens when there is miscommunication. So what happened tonight goes like this: a person saw white robes and what looked to them like a weapon, got scared (rightfully so), warned people, warned staff, which in turn caused me to warn my residents because I need to look out for my residents, which in turn made it spread.
“Then my residents, terrified, come running to me, saying yeah the report must be true, they saw him and couldn‘t believe there was a klansmember with a whip. And I see this picture. It’s a priest. With a rosary.
“Now, I get it why a person would be scared. There in fact HAVE been klansmembers on the campus spurting hate speech, but never have they been reported with a weapon. So yeah, if it was in fact a weapon and a threat, it’s a good thing to warn a friend. So when someone warns other people, we need to be cautious. However, what I’ve learned from this is to take anything with a grain of salt. In the future, I’m still sending my residents warnings of threats, crime, hate gatherings, and all that but I will wait for a confirmation. But now that there is no danger I can say: this is a hilarious miscommunication.”
After the true identity of the "klansman" was revealed, social media blew up with post-traumatic outrage and good old fashioned mockery.
"Just imagine if this had happened at Yale. There'd be a squadron of police cars and a campus-wide safe space," one student posted.
"LOL the klansmember was a priest wth a rosary. Fear culture fail," another student wrote.