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CBS presents: The War of the Words on college campuses

'But now, some signs of a backlash'


“A recent Gallup poll finds that 54% of college students say people on campus are afraid to say what they believe.

And if you visit a campus these days, you may feel like you need a dictionary for a whole new set of phrases … terms like ‘safe space’ (a place where students can go where they won’t be exposed to topics that make them uncomfortable), or ‘trigger warnings‘ (when a professor cautions students that upcoming material could be distressing).

But now, some signs of a backlash.

Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, told Braver, ‘Discomfort is an intrinsic part of an education.’

Last school year, the university sent a letter to incoming freshman that said, in part:

‘[W]e do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own…’

Braver asked, ‘Why did the university have to put out a letter like that in the first place?’

‘In the end, I think the conversation turned into whether or not we support controversial ideas,’ Aaron said. ‘And, for me, it’s hands down, of course we do. It doesn’t matter how much we disagree with them.'”


So, finally, ‘some signs of a backlash’, even CBS must admit. Maybe, just maybe, the tide is turning and freedom of speech, thought and expression will return on campuses. One day.

But don’t get you hopes up yet. The SJW’s have dug in deep. Very deep.


Steun direct Bert Brussen

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