Sheldon Cooper: Actually, I’m here to file a complaint. Someone has used sexual language that I found to be offensive.
Janine Davis: And who would that be?
Sheldon Cooper: You, you dirty birdy! I’ve been thinking about those things you said to me yesterday, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’ve made me very uncomfortable. So be a dear and grab me one of those complaint forms.
The Big Bang Theory: The Egg Salad Equivalency 2013
Shortly after the Election Glenn Reynolds wrote about how post Trump college campus have become kindergarten:
The response to the shock has been to turn campuses into kindergarten. The University of Michigan Law School announced a ”post-election self-care” event with “food” and “play,” including “coloring sheets, play dough (sic), positive card-making, Legos and bubbles with your fellow law students.” (Embarrassed by the attention, UM Law scrubbed the announcement from its website, perhaps concerned that people would wonder whether its graduates would require Legos and bubbles in the event of stressful litigation.)
Stanford emailed its students and faculty that psychological counseling was available for those experiencing “uncertainty, anger, anxiety and/or fear” following the election. So did the University of Michigan’s Flint campus.
Meanwhile, even the Ivy League wasn’t immune, with the University of Pennsylvania (Trump’s alma mater) creating a post-election safe space with puppies and coloring books:
A few weeks later (Yesterday that is) Reynolds talked about how colleges are making things difficult for conservatives on campus:
Harvard student Emily Hall watched the election results at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and, as one of the minority of Trump supporters there, saw her pro-Hillary classmates literally sobbing as the results came in. “I felt bad for them,” she told The Boston Herald. “But I also recognize that people would not have felt bad for me if I had been the one crying.”
At least sometimes people are honest. When SUNY Buffalo’s law school held a forum on the election and its traumas, the Dean, Jim Gardner, remarked that if someone else had won, “we would not be here.” But he then went on to attribute Trump’s election to “profound democratic immaturity,” implying, I guess, that Trump supporters are immature. I’m sure that made the Trump supporters among his faculty and student body feel included.
People who study patterns of discrimination talk about behaviors like “othering,” about marginalization, and about microaggressions. But in my experience, these behaviors are prominent in the world of academia, and they’re often aimed at conservative or libertarian students and faculty who depart from whatever the current left-leaning orthodoxy is.
This has been going on long before the election but some people are fighting back:
Attorney Jeffrey Robbins wrote to Babson’s lawyers yesterday saying the college’s handling of the incident “badly defamed” his client, and that Babson is “liable to Parker for the tort of defamation and, it would appear, for violations of the Massachusetts Civil Rights statute under the common law, for the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”
Robbins is calling for the college to retract statements its officials made impugning the pair, offer a public apology and withdraw internal charges of harassment and disorderly conduct.
And do you know what’s interesting about the various state and federal laws and campus regulations concerning defamation, emotional distress and unwelcome environments. None of these laws have the words: “These rules don’t apply if these acts are done against conservatives in general and Trump supporters in particular.”
So if you are a Trump supporter at a college who is doing this, or at a company like Kellogg’s and find yourself in a “hostile environment” remember all of these laws and rules are there for the using and the best part about it is as our friends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have demonstrated, Large Corporations and Colleges with deep endowments are the perfect targets for these type of complaints.
The Moral of the story , this now famous tweet
applies just as well to schools and states that have weaponized laws and rules for three to four decades.
Punch back twice as hard.
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