We all know how it goes. Someone posts something on social media. PC mobs deliberately misinterpret the meaning. Evil intention is attributed where none exists. The poster is “canceled” — and often forced to pay a real-life price. The coronavirus hasn’t put a stop to this — if anything, the mad dynamic has accelerated to a new level of madness.

Witness the mobbing of Mississippi State University head football coach Mike Leach.

Anyone who follows the sport knows that Leach is a renowned eccentric and smart aleck. Leach’s news conferences are often stand-up routines. His quips are legendary: “If you get into a fight, don’t take your helmet off. We’re looking for smart football players, not dumb ones.”

This is typical Mike Leach fare. Judging by the opprobrium now being poured on the beleaguered coach in recent days, you would think he participated in a Civil War reenactment dressed as Jefferson Davis. But no.

Here’s what happened. Leach posted on Twitter a photo of an old, white woman knitting a noose with the caption: “After two weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf.”

You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that the meme was referring to tensions between husbands and wives under lockdown. My own wife might have authored it. It had exactly nothing to do with race, racism, the Ku Klux Klan or the Confederacy.

Nevertheless, Leach was accused of racism. People with too much time on their hands claimed the tweet suggested the lynching of minorities. Naturally, MSU joined the denunciatory chorus without giving anything much thought, with athletic director John Cohen saying the university was “disappointed” in its new coach.

Cohen is now requiring Leach to participate in “listening sessions” with students and community groups. Precisely what he will hear in these sessions isn’t clear, but it is implied he will be a much better person for it.

Leach is also required to take guided tours at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, both of which are well worth visiting — but totally irrelevant to the tweet in question. Because, again, it had nothing to do with race or racism. The only insensitivity in his meme was directed at husbands of all races.

Come to think of it, as a husband, perhaps I should be outraged and demand Leach’s immediate firing. But I won’t demand any of this — for the simple reason that I am not an idiot.

Larry Alex Taunton is a freelance columnist

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