The Peirce Doors Are Broken Again and I Blame You
Listen, jerks. I’m done being nice. I’m not even going to Ring Around the Rosie and spoon feed you this one. Stop using the automatic door button at Peirce if you don’t need it and ruining it for the people who actually do.
Statistically speaking, if you are reading this, you are probably a Kenyon student and you are probably fully capable of opening a door. If not, I apologize. This is not directed at you, and I’m also apologizing on behalf of the rest of the non-disabled population at this school, because clearly we have a serious problem.
First of all, it’s not the non-disabled students who created this issue. The heart of it lies in the fact that the automatic doors function so poorly that it comes to this. It’s unacceptable, and–considering the other problems that this school has with accommodating the basic human right of accessibility–it really isn’t helping our public image. Would you come to a school if, as a disabled prospective student, you visit the campus and it’s very difficult and uncomfortable for you to get food? I know I wouldn’t.
But let’s take a look at this situation on a different level. Yes, the door’s basic dysfunctional nature is the heart of the problem. However, you, lazy non-disabled student who casually slams the button and saunters through the entrance, are perpetuating the problem. Don’t think you’re off the hook just because I said you weren’t the cause of the problem. Something that encourages an injustice is just as bad as something that creates it. Don’t forget that next time you get the urge to reach out to hit that button.
And yes, I’m going to use harsh words. Your five minutes of hurt feelings are nothing compared to the centuries of injustice and oppression. The time for encouraging intelligent discourse is over in this case. I’m not afraid to call you a jackass if your detestable avarice for convenience is compromising another person’s basic human rights. Please, just stop hitting that button if you don’t need to.