College Student Under Fire from Sensitive Liberals
A weird thing happens every now and then where you realize that most liberals live in their own, hermetically-sealed bubble, unaware that not everyone agrees with them on every issue. This is particularly prevalent on college campuses in an age where political correctness has given birth to “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.” When these tender liberals are finally confronted with an opposing argument, it hits them like a violent slap in the face.
And, like the children that they are, they cry about it.
Iraq War vet Bryan Stascavage knew he was opening up a can of worms when he penned an op-ed criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement, but he had no idea that his fellow Wesleyan University students would be so angry. The op-ed, which was printed in the school newspaper on Sept 14, asked what seems to be a reasonable question: “Is the movement itself actually achieving anything positive?”
“It boils down to this for me: If vilification and denigration of the police force continues to be a significant portion of Black Lives Matter’s message, then I will not support the movement, I cannot support the movement. And many Americans feel the same,” Stascavage wrote.
The editorial as a whole is patently uncontroversial, but you would have thought Stascavage had endorsed the return of slavery. Wesleyan’s liberals went nuts, savaging criticism on both the author and the school newspaper. A petition circulated threatening the newspaper’s funding, because it did not “provide a safe space for the voices of students of color.” In other words, a white man disagreeing with a black movement is automatically racist.
To their considerable credit, Wesleyan University officials are defending Stascavage’s right to free speech. In a statement, president Michael Roth said, “We always have the right to respond with our own opinions, but there is no right not to be offended.”
And while the newspaper’s student editors criticized Stascavage and distanced themselves from his opinions, they reiterated the importance of including diverse viewpoints in the publication.
“I have learned more in the past 10 days than I learned in three years of college,” Stascavage said in an interview with Fox News. “Freedom of speech is critical for democracy.”
It is, indeed, but it goes further than that. We have a nation of students (and adults, for that matter) who refuse to listen to the other side of the argument. It’s okay to consider a conservative viewpoint once in a while. Stop letting radical professors tell you what the other side believes. Find out for yourself. What are you afraid of? Changing your mind?
Freedom of speech only really matters insofar that anyone is listening. We can’t have a debate in this country when one side – and, really, there are conservatives who are just as guilty of this – has their fingers firmly plugged in their ears.
Instead of deciding what you believe and then seeking out opinions that match yours, do the opposite. Seek out opinions on all sides, weigh it out using that hunk of gray matter sitting in your skull, and come to your own conclusions. If that rocks the boat among your friends, so be it. No one ever did a damn thing in this life worth mentioning without ruffling a few feathers. Be an individual. Think for yourself. Don’t use “open-mindedness” as a code word for “liberal.” Actually be open-minded. Listen. Learn. Watch. There’s a whole big world outside your bubble. You might even have a little fun.