“Green” is Good

September 8, 2011 Op-Eds, Opinion

History is no stranger to discrimination. Minorities all over the world have been dis­criminated against, from reli­gious minorities, to ethnic mi­norities to the minority of men who prefer a delicious mango­tini. However, over the last cen­tury we have seen progress in promoting the value of equality between such demographics, at least here in the U.S. That is why I was so shocked to read in The Sandspur last week the scathing editorial against the color green.

The article, unabashedly titled “‘The Green’ Menace,” is an uneducated rant against the color green. The title itself sug­gests Green is not even worthy to be a color at all by putting its name into quotation marks.

Such a move by a “newspa­per” is insulting to all equality-loving peoples, as well as the integrity of Rollins as an institu­tion. In the article, Green had to suffer claims of totalitarian­ism, immorality and Slytherin­ism. Slytherinism? I haven’t heard that kind of bigotry since I went to Thanksgiving dinner with my Alabama-loving great-grandmother and Mel Gibson.

The article then questions the move of the color green to replace the name of Mills Lawn, suggesting it as a power grab aimed at satisfying its own ego.

What a surprise! Someone is out there rising in fame and fortune and the lamestream media begins an all-out war on the productive class in America. Green should not be demonized for working hard and succeed­ing in life. Green is the very epit­ome of the American Dream.

Its parents, Blue and Yel­low, were a hardworking, lower-class family, Blue was a blue-collar worker at the local GM plant and Yellow taught Sunday school classes at their local church. Green worked its way up the ladder, first working in rich people’s lawns, then lo­cal Par-3 golf courses, then nice country clubs, eventually mak­ing it to the top of the lawn care business when it started being seen on the PGA tour. Green did all this while colors like Magen­ta went out clubbing all night and Teal sat around smoking pot and playing video games.

I agree with the editorial’s author, Ryan Lambert, that the name Mills Lawn should not be changed. However, that does not qualify pinning it on an in­nocent minority such as Green. Instead of scapegoating Green we should be working to retain the name Mills Lawn. Let Roll­ins not regress to the bigotry of the 50s. Lambert’s editorial in The Sandspur has forever tainted the name “The Green” with big­otry and ignorance. We must keep the name as Mills Lawn lest the lawn, and with it 60 per­cent of your tuition payments, stand on campus as a symbol of intolerance.

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