The lunatics are now running the Asylum at Yale University

Erika Christakis, who was at the center of protests at Yale, at the Calvin Hill Day Care Center in New Haven last month. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Erika Christakis, who was at the center of protests at Yale, at the Calvin Hill Day Care Center in New Haven last month. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Two Academics who are husband and wife have resigned their posts at Yale University after being targeted by student activists.They were unlikely targets as they had a long record of advocating for minority students, and had devoted much of their academic work to highlighting health and development problems facing underserved communities. What happened to them is far too common on University campuses these days as has been made very clear by Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous Faggot tour. His tour has been attacked by intolerant liberal students who feel that they have the right to silence free speech and to dictate what people can and cannot do and say. It was students just like the ones that attacked Milo that forced the resignations of the two academics at Yale.

So what did they do to start off the witch hunt that would end in their joint resignation?

…It began fittingly on the day before Halloween, when Ms. Christakis questioned guidelines from Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Committee warning against “culturally unaware or insensitive” costumes. Ms. Christakis reasoned, in an email to Silliman residents, that students should decide for themselves how to dress for Halloween, without the administration’s involvement.

Student radicals of the 1960s might have recognized her note as a defense of free expression, but those days are long gone. Instead, Ms. Christakis was denounced as a proponent of cultural insensitivity. Irate students circulated petitions, wrote editorials and posted social-media tirades. They scribbled criticisms in chalk outside the Christakises’ home and posted degrading images of them online. Two student groups demanded their removal from Silliman.

In one incident captured on video, dozens of students confronted Dr. Christakis, berating and cursing him, while a Yale dean looked on. One student screamed at Dr. Christakis: “You should not sleep at night. You are disgusting.” Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway did not help matters when, the next day, he offered his “unambiguous” support for the Intercultural Affairs Committee’s guidelines, calling their intent “exactly right.”

…Though President Salovey rejected calls for the Christakises’ firing, animus for the couple simmered. In December, a crate appeared outside their Silliman office containing a sombrero and a Rastafarian wig—the sort of Halloween paraphernalia now taboo on college campuses. In January, a fake email purporting to be from Ms. Christakis objected to the administration’s safety ban on hoverboard scooters. The couple canceled teaching plans for the spring.

At Silliman College’s graduation ceremony on May 23, several seniors refused to accept their diplomas from Dr. Christakis or to shake his hand. Two days later, the Christakises announced that they would step down from Silliman. Many students celebrated the news on Facebook.
While the Christakises remain affiliated with Yale and could return to teaching, their resignations from Silliman had the air of a chapter closing in one of the more disturbing episodes of modern campus intolerance.

…In the months since the controversy erupted, the Christakises have met one-on-one with offended students. They have invited their critics over for a group lunch to “continue the conversation.” Though not always with success, the Christakises tried to improve a fraught situation, with little backup from the administration.

“We have great respect for every member of our community, friend and critic alike,” Dr. Christakis wrote in announcing the couple’s resignation from Silliman, effective in July. “We remain hopeful that students at Yale can express themselves and engage complex ideas within an intellectually plural community.”

Mr. Young, a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Journal this summer, will be a senior at Yale University in the fall.

-wsj.com

In an interview Ms Christakis described herself as very anti-establishment, in a sort of old-school, lefty way.” She said that some of her students had asked her what she thought, and “I can’t accept the idea that we can only restrict ourselves to discussions of the weather.”

The thing that shocked her most about the Halloween furor, she said, was that students would cede control over matters like how they should dress to the Yale administration.

“Should we be talking more transparently about when it’s appropriate for administrations to insert themselves into issues that arise in students’ lives?” Ms. Christakis asked. “I think students are more capable than we give them credit for being to manage social norming.”

-nytimes.com

Yale University was mentioned in the article the Top Ten Worst Colleges for Free Speech:2016 because of how they treated Ms Christakis and Dr Christakis.


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