June 28, 2020

What Happened to "Safe Spaces"?

This from James Doogue:

This article perfectly demonstrates the leftist bias in academic institutions and their double standards.

Tim opines:

We are forever told university students have a right to view academia as "safe spaces" where they can be free of "threatening" ideas (like the U.S. Constitution.) But that only works one way; if you are a leftist you have absolute freedom of speech. The hypocrisy is astounding, and proof there is no freedom of thought on university campuses any longer.

From the article:

When Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a University of Cambridge academic, tweeted ‘White lives don’t matter’ and ‘Abolish whiteness’ in response to a bannerreading ‘White lives matter Burnley’ beingflown over a Premier League match, it certainly provoked a response. Dr Gopal was quickly inundated with horrific personal and racial abuse, but she stuck to her position, arguing that she was appropriately addressing systemic racial inequality.

It wasn’t long before the University of Cambridge weighed in with a strong statementdefending Gopal, without explicitly mentioning her. ‘The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial, and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks’ read their statement.

In simple terms, their view was that you may not like what Dr Gopal has to say, you may even be shocked and offended by her, but (particularly in universities) there needs to be an environment that enables uncomfortable and challenging discussion.

 


The problem with Cambridge’s statement is that it rang very hollow in view of their recent track record in defending other academics. Perhaps the most famous example is that of Jordan Peterson, who had a visiting fellowship offer rescindedin 2019 after student pushback. In defence of the withdrawal, a university spokesperson said ‘[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot.’ The Student Union went further, saying: ‘It is a political act to associate the University with an academic’s work through offers which legitimise figures such as Peterson.’

So you can essentially make a threat (saying white lives do not matter) if you are a minority or professor as long as it goes the right people. Not a safe space at all.

The universities have become citadels of Satan, the root of American (and world) evil. Until they are gone or radically reformed (and that isn't going to happen) our world will continue to spiral out of control. Every bad idea has it's start in the universities. All of the insane people are there. I think when America stopped institutionalizing the insane they went to the colleges and are now tenured.

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