By Ray Starmann
The following article is not the standard USDW post concerning a defense issue. Nevertheless, I feel that the situation on our nation’s campuses can eventually affect all of us. It has future implications for America and which course the country will take. Will it be one for freedom or tyranny?
During the past week, the nation has witnessed a myriad of lunatic temper tantrums and protests by college students who are demanding an end to free speech on campus, the destruction of the First Amendment and the Constitution and the creation of “safe spaces” where they can be protected against micro-aggressions committed by those that would dare to disagree with our nation’s little Maoists.
At the University of Missouri, a number of isolated, alleged racial incidents and insults led to mass hysteria on campus that forced Timothy Wolfe, the president of the university to resign. This has quickly snow-balled into a wave of political correctness tyranny. Students, led by Marxist, left-wing radical professors like Melissa Quick are demanding an abolition of the First Amendment and the creation of safe spaces, to protect students from whatever imaginary boogeymen haunt them. Quick, who was forced to resign, was ironically an instructor in the media department at one of the top journalism schools in the country.
Besides forcing Wolfe out of office, the students have forced the campus police to instruct students to dial 911 if they feel threatened by hate speech or any other fantastical illusion rolling through their empty brains.
“911, what’s your emergency?”
“Someone is triggering me. They don’t like my shoes. They’re racist.”
“Move to a safe space. A patrol car is on the way.”
“One Adam-12 136 (micro-aggression) in progress…”
“One Adam-12 roger.”
Have we gone certifiably insane as a country?
In an interview with MSNBC, Brenda Smith-Lezama, Vice President of the Missouri Students’ Association, when asked about complaints from professors that universities are becoming “places of censor and prohibition,” said people are using the First Amendment to create a “hostile and unsafe learning environment.”
“I personally am tired of hearing that First Amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment for myself and for other students here,” Smith-Lezama said.
Who said communism is dead? It’s alive and well on our nation’s campuses.
The Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves now.
At Yale, it gets even more absurd. Remember folks, these are actual events. Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Council (yes, they have such a thing) sent out an email prior to Halloween asking that students be thoughtful in their costume selection so as not to offend others. They listed specific examples of costumes deemed offensive, “such as feathered headdresses, turbans, ‘war paint,’ and blackface as examples of inappropriate ‘cultural appropriation and/or misrepresentation’.”
Erika Christakis, Associate Master of Silliman College, responded to the email and defended students’ right to wear Halloween costumes of their choosing, even if said costumes might be considered outrageous, inappropriate, provocative, or even offensive.
Christakis further urged students “not to take offense at insensitive Halloween costumes,” and she told students, “‘If you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. ‘Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offence are the hallmarks of a free and open society’.”
Yale students, however, did not appreciate this attempt to loosen the university’s control over their Halloween costume choices nor the suggestion that they can control their own response to insensitive costume choices by choosing not to be offended or by the simple act of looking away. Indeed, they are now demanding Christakis resign for daring to suggest they should be free to make their own decisions . . . about Halloween costumes.
When her husband, Master of Silliman College, Nicholas Christakis defended his wife’s statements, students responded with screaming tirades, accusing Christakis of not providing safe spaces for them and not protecting them from Halloween costumes that might offend them.
Under the guise of imaginary offenses, these little Maoists are creating the new Gulag Archipelago on the nation’s campuses. Yale and Mizzou and hundreds of other places of higher learning are becoming modern day Pol Pot re-education camps.
Like the Red Guards, the fanatical college age thugs who enforced Mao’s insane Cultural Revolution, today’s college radicals are the enforcers of cultural Marxism and the destroyers of free speech and freedom itself.
What’s the cause of all this? Who’s to blame? Look no further than their Baby Boomer parents and the leftist, do-gooder K-12 educators who have created a walking, talking, protesting Frankenstein monster called the Snowflake Generation.
For the last 25 years, America’s youth have been ridiculously coddled by helicopter parents who spoiled their children, calling them “special snowflakes.” The snowflakes never played except under parental supervision on organized play dates, missing out on key childhood developmental skills like negotiation, organization and settling things without a teacher or parent nearby. At school, the snowflakes were told that tag and dodge ball were too aggressive because they fostered competitiveness. In sports, everyone got a trophy and games had no winners and no scores!
The results: America’s current generation of college students are total wimps who are offended by every whim and fancy on the planet. Everything and anything under the sun is potentially racist and offensive; a potential micro-aggression that can be triggered at any moment, forcing a snowflake to take cover in a safe space until the terrible emotional turmoil of reading something disagreeable like Shakespeare ends.
Give me a break.
The snowflakes are the perfect brainwashed zombies to implement the radical ideas of our nation’s left-wing nut professors. Spoon fed on a diet of feminism, political correctness, and radical women’s studies and LGBT malarkey, America’s college kids are the millennial commissars of fear, shutting down free thought and expression and discussion everywhere they march.
These kids aren’t protesting anything. They’re not like the 1960’s college students who were actually marching against tangible things like a war, the draft, pollution, etc.
These kids aren’t vicars of freedom like Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy or Cesar Chavez.
These kids are the leaders of a growing censorship movement.
These kids are book burners.
These kids are the new Maoists.
These kids aren’t at campus protests to debate. They’re there to end debate.