Selective Outrage on Campus

Following the forced resignations of the President and Provost of the University of Missouri, demonstrations against campus administrators has spread across the country. Students – many of whom are Black, gay, transgender and Muslim – claim that they feel “unsafe” as the result of what they call “white privilege” or sometimes simply privilege. “Check your privilege” has become the put-down du jour. Students insist on being protected by campus administrators from “micro-aggressions,” meaning unintended statements inside and outside the classroom that demonstrate subtle insensitivities towards minority students. They insist on being safe from hostile or politically incorrect ideas. They demand “trigger warnings” before sensitive issues are discussed or assigned. They want to own the narrative and keep other points of view from upsetting them or making them feel unsafe.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Again, I think the best approach is to give in 100%. Stop holding classes, stop teaching, close the library and sell the books. Get rid of all the staff. Stop allowing meetings of any kind for any reason. Criminalize ALL speech no matter what. Stop grading, stop issuing diplomas. Just stop. It’s a playpen so make it a playpen. Give them your check and sit quietly not saying anything or bothering anyone.

    thank you.

  • Alain

    If a normal thinking person truly feels that some place is unsafe, he avoids going there. The only possible positive thing that may come from all this claptrap is the total collapse of these “institutions of higher learning”. Good vocational schools would be a lot better.