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:
Naturally the masochistic white SJW complied, and begged forgiveness:
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’.