British historian Niall Ferguson has initiated the great debate in the Ivy League over the relationship between Felix the Cat and President Obama. The Harvard educator in a debate with Princeton’s Nobel Prize economist, Paul Krugman, made a reference that connected Felix the Cat to President Obama. “Felix was not only black. he was always very, very, lucky. And that pretty much sums up the 44th President of the U.S.” Krugman went on the attack about the connection which led Ferguson to respond that while Felix was black, he was not African American. In fact, Ferguson enlisted the support of fellow Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, who made clear that “Felix’s blackness, like Mickey and Minny Mouse’s was like a suit of clothes, not a skin color.”
Wow! Aren’t readers relieved to know that Felix the cat was not an African American! To those who have never taught college, I regret to inform you this is typical college conflict. College professors argue about trivia. If you seek to enjoy a good college discussion, attend a meeting of any college faculty when they discuss parking spaces. As former Harvard Professor Henry Kissinger stated many years ago, “the reason for the passion of college discussions is the subject is so trivial.”
Just think some readers are paying Ivy League tuition so their children can take courses from people who want to argue about Felix the Cat.!!