Students around the United States have taken to protesting at colleges demanding, among other things, “trigger warnings” in classes, “safe spaces,” and bans on speakers who might upset them.
“Trigger warnings” are what soft millennials demand when a professor might bring up a potentially offensive subject like 2+2 actually equalling 4 instead of whatever the hell the student wants it to equal. The professor has to, in advance, tell the kids that what they’re about to delve into might be offensive and trigger some psychologically harmful issue.
Seriously. It’s called college. You go there to learn stuff. But more and more leftist kids are demanding that they only be taught what they want to be taught, only hear from those they want to hear from, and have safe spaces where they can go hide and know they’ll never be confronted with a controversial thought like God is real and there really is a hell.
These are student led protests and student demands and they have been growing. They’ve attracted some faculty, but again it is important to remember that the great movement across the country has come from student agitators finally out of mom and dad’s custody and thrown into the world.
The University of Chicago, as a result, has sent letters to incoming students telling them in advance that the university will not tolerate their calls for trigger warnings, safe spaces, and bans on controversial speakers. The letter was directed to potential student agitators, not professors. But, of course, the kids at the new New Republic are horrified that a letter sent to incoming students might be viewed as an affront to professors’ academic freedom.
No where in the letter does it say this policy applies to professors. In fact, considering it is going to incoming college students from the Dean of Students, a position that does not oversee faculty but does oversee student behavior on campus, telling them what is out of bounds for them, it is pretty reasonable to conclude that this letter is meant to shut down the students from demanding censorship, not telling professors that in their own discretion they can treat the kids like kids.
But it has become common place at places like the new New Republic and Salon to find outrage in things widely praised across the political spectrum. There is really no difference between what Jeet Heer has written and what you’d find at Gateway Pundit or Breitbart stirring up controversy about innocuous matters.