For the last several days we’ve been hearing about students at Missouri and Yale about how oppressed they are. These are people getting a high level education at great between 10-40K a year a lot of it paid for by loans & grants or if they are at all athletic scholarships. and many of these schools will even have jobs available on campus to supplement their income or college costs.
Yet we’ve reached a point where they are actually face such a small physical or personal risk that their biggest worries are insensitive Halloween Costumes:
Erika Christakis reflected on the frustrations of the students, drew on her scholarship and career experience, and composed an email inviting the community to think about the controversy through an intellectual lens that few if any had considered. Her message was a model of relevant, thoughtful, civil engagement.
For her trouble, a faction of students are now trying to get the couple removed from their residential positions, which is to say, censured and ousted from their home on campus. Hundreds of Yale students are attacking them, some with hateful insults, shouted epithets, and a campaign of public shaming. In doing so, they have shown an illiberal streak that flows from flaws in their well-intentioned ideology.
in Missouri their campus police are asking people to report Hurtful language
The Missouri University Police Department (MUPD) sent an email to students Tuesday morning urging them to call them and report any hurtful speech they encounter on the campus
I want to contrast these people to my father.
By the time he was of college age, he was in the Navy, serving in the pacific on an ammo ship in the largest war in history only a single kamikaze hit away from never coming home. Before that he had been working for 10 years in paper mills and as a carpenter during the depression never even getting to high school let alone college.
When he got out of the navy he worked hard all his life until he physically wasn’t able to anymore, and even at that point he was taking care of his ill mother in law & fixing anything in sight. He didn’t live long enough to see me married but he did live to see me engaged.
In all the time I knew him I never ONCE heard him complain about life, about what people said about him or about being oppressed, he talked about being grateful for and to his wife , grateful for his family , grateful for his country & grateful for his Catholic faith and to God for all his blessings.
That’s all the “White privilege” he ever had coming from an immigrant family with nothing, as opposed to a family worth $20 million like the Mizzou hunger striker
I submit and suggest that most of the student’s screaming about safe spaces and trigger warnings would not have been able to cope being on a ship where there was no safe space and a trigger warning meant Japanese planes were attacking and I further submit that thanks to the anti-christian, secular progressive culture that they have sprung from they would not be able to cope with his life after the war let alone during it.
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