Heat Street: The University of Chicago, one of America’s most prestigious and selective universities, is warning incoming students starting this fall not to expect safe spaces and a trigger-free existence during their four-year journey through academia. In a letter sent to the class of 2020, Dean of Students John (Jay) Ellison said one of the defining characteristics of the school was its unwavering commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Civility and mutual respect are vital to the campus culture, the letter states, but not at the expense of shielding students from unpopular opinions or ideas.
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” the letter states.
The University of Chicago is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the world, and also one of the most selective. Only about 8% of the more than 31,000 people who applied to enter the class of 2020 were accepted by the school. The warning from Chicago stands in sharp contrast to many other American universities that have gone out of their way to coddle students by protecting them from ideas they may find offensive or disturbing.
So-called trigger warnings have been issued over everything from newspaper opinion pieces to art exhibits to reading assignments so that students who might find the content distressing or disturbing can avoid being exposed to it. Safe spaces, where students can shelter from ideas or expression they find discomforting, are the other trend du jour on some campuses. Brown University last year turned a room on campus into a safe space by outfitting it with cookies, coloring books, soft music, pillows and a video of frolicking puppies, along with trauma counselors, after students complained that a speaker invited to campus would be too upsetting.
The University of Chicago is having none of it. To drive home the point, the letter to students includes a link to a report on freedom of expression issued by the university in January 2015. The report quotes a former president of the University, Hanna Holborn Gray, as saying that “education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think.
“Universities should be expected to provide the conditions within which hard thought, and therefore strong disagreement, independent judgment, and the questioning of stubborn assumptions can flourish in an environment of the greatest freedom,” she stated.
Just when Turtleboy had lost complete faith in secondary education, this guy comes out of nowhere and is the hero we all need:
Must be the stache.
KMarko over at Barstool Sports put together a list of just a small fraction of some of the colleges that have made headlines by creating safe spaces:
- Mizzou protesters tried to keep media out of the quad of the public university, (in one case bullying a student reporter and calling for muscle to have him physically removed), because it was a “safe space.”
- Smith College holds a sit-in in solidarity with Mizzou, bans media unless they sign a waiver promising to 100% support their movement.
- Minnesota veto’ed a 9/11 memorial because it violated the safe space of non-Americans.
- A California College apologized for violating students’ safe space by serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic Space Night.”
- GW cancels Action Bronson performance because of “severity” of his rap lyrics. Trinity follows suit.
- Student protests and emergency administration meetings at Emory, Kansas and others after the word “Trump” was written in chalk.
- Michigan launching a “bias investigation” into a penis built out of snow.
- Oberlin students protest the cafeteria food for not being “culturally accurate” enough, demand to be paid an hourly wage for their protesting.
Don’t forget the heroic Hirsi Ali being denied the right to speak as graduation speaker at Brandeis University because the former Muslim from Somalia, who had her genitals mutilated in the name of Allah, was “Islamophobic.”
Or the Bowdoin College students who got in trouble for wearing sombreros at a “Tequila” party because this is an example of “cultural apporpriation.”
Or the black female Yale student who cussed out her professor, yelled “who the fuck hired you,” and said it was his job to create a safe space for her after he had the audacity to suggest that free speech is important.
Or the Hampshire College student speaker at graduation (and the biggest pussy who has ever lived) who called his internship “slavery,” and condemned “Hampshire College’s capitalist, sexist, rape culture, racist, prison industrial complex, transmisognistic. Simply put, our institution is stuck under white, cishetero patriarchal liberalism. Fuck Hampshire College.”
And most famously at UMass, Jennie Chenkin and Trigglypuff showing up to literally yell and scream over three conservative speakers that the UMass Republicans Club paid to have speak there.
Colleges have become places where rich white kids’ parents spend $60,000 a year for them to learn about the supposed struggle of minorities they have never interacted with before, so that they can be their “advocates” by shaming and censoring other white people who have actually lived in reality.
Newsflash – if you need a safe space, then you are not ready for college. Period. You simply are not socially mature enough, and you are not ready to live on your own. College was invented so that people could become smarter and acquire skills that would enable them to attain better paying jobs. The alternative to college has always been work or the military. There is no safe space in either of those, so why should there be for college?
And I really hope Dean John Ellison is a liberal. Because generally conservatives think safe spaces are stupid things we should laugh at. But along the way liberalism has been hijacked by PC pussbags who are more concerned with protecting people’s feelings than they are about bettering society. They’ve become fascists who win arguments by yelling over people about how much their feelings are hurt from your “harassment.”Normal liberals need to take their ideology back from the thugs and naniburgers.
Don’t take my word for it – take it from America’s most famous liberal:
If Obama thinks that liberal college kids need to stop being pussies and hear some different points of view, then that should tell you all you need to know about what colleges have become. Hopefully Dean John Jay Ellison has started a trend that more colleges will catch onto.
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