As FIRE’s Alex Morey wrote just last week, we see campus controversies over Halloween costumes every year. But these developments at Yale show just how intense those controversies have become.
The precious little snowflakes want the people who don’t care about their tantrums fired.
Yale students have every right to express their anger and frustration with Yale faculty. But FIRE is concerned by yet another unfortunate example of students who demand upsetting opinions be entirely eradicated from the university in the name of fostering “safe spaces” where students are protected from hurt feelings. Practicing free speech does not merely entail the right to protest opinions you object to—it also means acknowledging people’s right to hold those opinions in the first place.
But then the FIRE post trails into nostalgia:
Recall that Yale is the source of one of the most glowing statements in support of free expression in higher education. The statement, based on the university’s 1975 Woodward Report, demonstrates the need to be free to “think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.” It even goes so far as to inform Yale students that “when you agree to matriculate, you join a community where ‘the provocative, the disturbing, and the unorthodox’ must be tolerated. When you encounter people who think differently than you do, you will be expected to honor their free expression, even when what they have to say seems wrong or offensive to you.” More.
Okay but in those days the U still mainly turned out professionals (high school teacher, lawyer, dentist, engineer, librarian, etc.) Today it turns out a much greater proportion of baristas and ‘crats – a consequence of more people going to U.
These are people who cannot, should not, or dare not think for themselves. And no one needs them to anyway. For their lives, government has all the answers. They need only provide the demands.
Alumni, your alma mater is dead. So don’t give to U’s unless they adopt and enforce free speech charters.
Let the big coffee companies and the government train their own baristas and ‘crats.