Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Was a 16 year old girl killed by political correctness?

By Rick Moran 

A 16 year old British girl committed suicide rather than be accused of being a racist, according to a story in the Telegraph.
Phoebe Connop sent a private message to her friends in jest that was leaked online and resulted in some feedback suggesting she was a racist. She later hung herself.
Daily Caller:
Phoebe Connop, a 16 year old and a talented gymnast, sent her friends a picture in which she had darkened her skin tone and put a scarf around her head. In the message, she told her friends that the parents of the young Asian man she was seeing would only accept her if she looked like she did in the photograph, according to the Telegraph.
One of her ‘friends’ leaked the photo, and reports say that Phoebe received some initial negative feedback for the photo.
Her father dropped her off from school early July 7 recalling that his daughter didn’t feel well and wanted to go home to rest. When he returned home, he found that Phoebe had hung herself.
Her father told the press that “she had shown me no indication in the weeks leading up to her death that there was anything wrong, let alone anything that would lead her to do this.”
The detective in-charge of investigating Miss Connop’s case stated: “There had been some negative reaction (to the photo) and she confided in her friend, who did take the image down at her request, that she was scared of what the reaction might be from the Asian community in her area,” the Sunreports.
Following the suicide, her school opened up an online forum for students, teachers, and members of the community to post their thoughts and feelings about Phoebe.
Phoebe’s principal, Stephen Lanckham, said, “We in the Windsor community are deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic loss.” He went on to say that the community will remember her as comforting, warm, and caring.
"Asian" is usually British media-speak for "Muslim." It isn't so much that the backlash against the young girl was so intense that it triggered her suicide. This is a case where the potential backlash by Muslims - the fear of politically correct personal attacks - made life going forward unbearable.
There may have been other issues involved in the girl's suicide. But the signs point to a relatively popular, happy, young girl who feared the anger and threats that would have come from internet social media over what amounted to a harmless joke. It was harmless because it was never meant to be seen by anyone who could possibly have been offended.
The world has lost its sense of humor and political correctness is wholly to blame.    

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