Safe spaces are so dangerous these days …

Poor old USA! Donald certainly has his work cut out to Make America Great Again.

The snowflake students who should be robustly debating ideas and getting their cherished childhood beliefs tested in the rough and tumble of counter ideas and philosophies, are instead being offended by such things as police officers, the Constitution, and even the American flag itself,  according to a Campus Reform article highlighting some of the silliest and most disturbing things students found offensive in 2017.

1. 9/11 memorials

Conservative students all around the country often erect memorial displays on September 11 to remember the lives that were lost in the day’s tragic events, but this year some memorials were vandalized or relocated to prevent students from taking offense.

At Southern Methodist University, for instance, the administration moved a 9/11 memorial to a lightly-trafficked area of campus because its contents might be considered “triggering, harmful, or harassing.”

At Columbia University, one passerby took matters into his own hands, removing about 50 flags from the memorial and throwing them in the trash.

2. The Constitution

Controversy abounded this year at Kellogg Community College after campus officials arrested three conservative activists who were passing out pocket-copies of the Constitution. Administrators told the activists that asking students if they “like freedom and liberty” was disruptive because passers-by didn’t “know that they can say ‘see ya later.’”

The Alliance Defending Freedom subsequently sued the college, accusing it of violating both the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

3. The police

In November, Brooklyn College asked New York City police officers to use bathrooms on the far end of campus in order to avoid being seen by students who might be offended by their presence.

The move came several weeks after students attended a screening of a film about NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim students as part of its counterterrorism efforts.

4. Monuments

2017 saw a widespread movement to rid the country of Confederate monuments, some of which are located on or near college campuses. At the University of Tennessee, three professors claimed that colleges should rename controversial monuments in general because of the “psychological harm” they cause to minority students.

Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina is in the midst of an ongoing debate over whether a statue of a Confederate soldier known as “Silent Sam” should be removed from campus.

5. Non-“inclusive” language

2017 also saw a trend of university departments issuing what are commonly dubbed “inclusive-language guides” that help students and staff avoid words that might be offensive to some.

One such guide was issued at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where officials cracked down on potentially offensive language by telling student to “check yourself” before using terms such as “illegal alien” “ugly,” or even “you guys.”

Similarly, Emerson College deemed the term “homosexual” to be an offensive reference to gay or lesbian people, saying only the latter two terms are sufficiently inclusive.

6. Christmas

Students find new ways every year to be offended by Christmas, but this year an academic department at the University of Minnesota declared that even “bows/wrapped gifts” are “not appropriate for gatherings and displays.”

Instead, the department encouraged its employees to “consider neutral-themed parties such as ‘winter celebration,’” suggesting using color combinations that aren’t associated with Christmas or Hanukkah.

But we should not mock – Auckland University students cannot cope with clubs promoting Europe or pro-life choices and Australian and NZ Universities are also producing “inclusive-language guides”.

One of the great benefits of University (way back when) was that one had to defend one’s ideas. Presuppositions did not last long if they could not be defended in the common room, bar or student hostel/flat. You were quickly disabused of any nonsense ideas or strengthened in your opinions if you could adequately defend your corner.


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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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