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Today In SJW Wackadoodlery

Sadly for us all, I will be on the road for much of today, and won’t be around to monitor every gaseous eructation of the Social Justice Warriors on campus. But I can catch you up on some highlights.

This one is my favorite so far: black Cornell students compel white SJW to cancel planned march in solidarity with the black cause, because he’s white. Look:

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Naturally the masochistic white SJW complied, and begged forgiveness:

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Has there ever been a successful protest movement that has shamed people wanting to help them achieve their goal, and told them to stand down? This is not a protest movement; this is an exhibitionist vanity project.

Moving on, it appears that the Brenda Smith-Lezama, the student body vice president at once-proud Mizzou, told MSNBC that the First Amendment is dangerous:

“I personally am tired of hearing that First Amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment for myself and for other students here. I think that it’s important for us to create that distinction and create a space where we can all learn from one another and start to create a place of healing rather than a place where we are experiencing a lot of hate like we have in the past.”

On NPR yesterday, two left-of-center writers, Jon Chait and Roxane Gay, talked about Yale, p.c., and safe spaces. Host Audie Cornish interviewed them. Excerpt:

CORNISH: Something that people may be hearing more that they may not totally be familiar with is this idea of a safe space – that students are saying that, I should feel protected and that this is something that the university or these environments should be invested in creating. Roxane, help us understand this for people who think that – who have described this as coddling.

GAY: I mean, what’s wrong with being coddled once in a while? This notion that we should just be thrown to the lions and make do is absurd. There is very little to be gained from suffering. And I think what students are looking for is a space where they don’t have to suffer emotionally. And as a teacher, I try to create as safe a space as possible, but I also know that my job is to make students uncomfortable. So I think students aren’t asking to be coddled. They’re asked to be treated with respect, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

CORNISH: Jonathan, your review on safe space? It sounds like Roxane is mixed.

CHAIT: I’m in favor of safety. What I object to is defining safety to mean the absence of contrary points of view. And by contrary, I don’t mean hate speech, I don’t mean threats, I don’t mean swastikas. What I mean is the performance of a play that people dislike politically, the appearance of an op-ed that somewhat mildly criticizes views that you hold – those are things that people have defined as threatening a safe space, and that’s a really troublesome concept for a liberal.

“What’s wrong with being coddled once in a while?” “There is very little to be gained from suffering.” Wow. It really is The Triumph of the Therapeutic.

This just in from the Minnesota, courtesy of a reader. Those college kids love them some SAFETY in Minnesota:


I’m sure there’s more a-comin’.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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