Shout Down the Hate


It’s a practice spreading like a zombie virus across the United States, with college students’ appearing to be the most susceptible.  But rather than turning its victims into reanimated flesh-eating corpses, the politically correct disease turns them into cry bullies who shout down anybody who disagrees with them and demand far-reaching changes that have questionable applicability to their complaints and an even more-dubious chance of succeeding in their goals.

When a mob of Brown University students trooped a few blocks from their campus to bring their illness to the Rhode Island State House, they made it near impossible not to add them to my collection of parody song subjects.

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Shout Down the Hate

A-well, we walked on over from the university,
Got a blister along the way
There’s a political speaker at some right-winger rally
Don’t wanna hear what he’s got to say

And it’s hard
Oh, it’s hard
You gotta go so far to show you’ll tolerate
And anyone
You gotta scream so loud to shout down the hate

Well, that guy was so persuasive with his facts and polite tones
If they hear him, folks might think he’s got a clue
That’s why we’ll silence them all (and make them pay our student loans)
When the foot is in the other shoe

And it’s hard
Oh, it’s hard
Collecting signatures to make divestment fate
For anyone
We wanna shun
You gotta scream so loud to shout down the hate

So now we’re back on campus, chilling in our own safe space
Being affirmed via wireless network
But it’s so exhausting fixin’ up the human race
Glad the dean gives extensions for homework

‘Cause it’s hard
Oh, it’s hard
When we’re so perfect now, but still we have to wait
For everyone
To say we’ve won
And until they do, we’ll shout down the hate

Featured image is a video still culled from WPRI coverage, available here.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Don’t quit your day job!

    • OceanStateCurrent

      Did I accidentally set the recording to autoplay?

      • Rhett Hardwick

        No, I had to ask for it. When I was a kid in “music” class, the teacher would ask me to stop singing because I was throwing the class off key.

  • Russ

    How rude! That’s only appropriate when drowning out important things like tree lighting ceremonies…

    Although Governor Lincoln Chafee has decided to declare the decorated evergreen in the State Capitol’s Rotunda a “holiday tree,” a chorus of Rhode Islanders are proclaiming it a Christmas Tree.

    In fact, a local talk show host is planning a “flash mob” at the governor’s ceremonial lighting — and is hoping more than 1,000 singers will show up to drown out the governor’s comments by singing “O Tannenbaum”.

    • Rhett Hardwick

      “O Tannenbaum”

      Unless they sing it in English, they will be dismissed as “Nazis”.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    “A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.”

    ― Confucius

  • Rhett Hardwick
  • stereorealist

    This recent speaking event at UMass Amherst, where shouting and obscenities are used, is becoming typical of what a conservative, or even a centerist public speaker on cultural issues can expect to face. I used to think that these people were shills, communist plants hired or brainwashed to be uncivil and disruptive, but I am not so sure any more. They may really be students, God help us! These 18 year-olds believe that they know what’s best for the rest of us, and they have been trained to shout down their opponents. They should never have gone to college in the first place, but with the lack of valuable education, real jobs, and the breakdown in civic virtues and shared cultural values, they wind up polluting intellectual discourse.

  • Christopher C. Reed

    Haters Against Hate!
    By the way…it’s “Rosa Parks University” now.
    Just so you know.