Just embarassing

How incredibly stupid these students at Wesleyan University are.  They seem to have the 1st grade approach to political dialog– I don’t like what you are saying, stoooop.  Don’t ever say it again!  From the Wesleyan Argus:

During the Wesleyan Student Assembly’s (WSA) open forum on Sunday, Sept. 20, members of the Senate discussed a petition calling for a boycott of The Wesleyan Argus and the revocation of its student group funding. The petition will be the focus of aWSA-sponsored town hall meeting next Sunday, Sept. 27. This petition was sparked by a controversial article published in the Opinion section of The Argus last Tuesday, critiquing certain methods of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The undersigned agree to boycott the Argus, recognizing that the paper has historically failed to be an inclusive representation of the voices of the student body,” the petition reads. “Most specifically, it neglects to provide a safe space for the voices of students of color and we are doubtful that it will in the future.”

The petition, signed by 167 students, alumni, staff and one Middletown community member as of Tuesday night, further lists five demands directed at The Argus. The boycott will include disposing of copies of The Argus on campus and insisting that its funds from the WSA are withheld until the demands are met.

These demands include commitment by The Argus to create work study/course credit positions; a monthly report on allocation of funds and leadership structure; a required once-per-semester Social Justice/Diversity training for all student publications; active recruitment and advertisement; and open space on the front page in the publication dedicated to marginalized groups/voices, specifying that if no submissions are received, The Argus will print a section labeled “for your voice.”

Oh boy, that Social Justice/Diversity training must be a real hoot.  Here’s my favorite part:

Michael Ortiz ’17, who signed the petition, explained the impetus behind his support.

“My concerns with the Argus currently regard mostly its commitment to representing the views of the campus,” he wrote in an email to The Argus. “….That the Argus chose to give this man somewhere to share his disrespectful opinion and to then have the Argus and its staff members defend the publication, hiding behind the argument of ‘well it’s not my opinion but he’s allowed to have it’ is frankly a great disappointment. The Argus’ publication of this opinion is a silent agreement with its content, and a silent agreement to the all too prevalent belief that black [and] brown people do not deserve a voice, and that we are not worthy of respect.”

Hello, moron.  It’s called an Op-ed page.  Clearly a Wesleyan education has failed these students in some critical ways so far.

Oddly enough, this article does not link to the original, but the author wrote a piece about it with a link to the original op-ed here.  Does he unfairly characterize #blacklivesmatter in what actually tries to be a fairly balanced article.  Yes.  But not in any way you couldn’t here on Fox News every single day.  It may be wrong, but this is called reasonable political discourse.  You don’t respond by destroying newspapers.  And, of course, this is just a black mark on all academia even if does mostly take place in the bubble of elite liberal arts colleges.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to Just embarassing

  1. Jon K says:

    so from what you posted it appears no actual faculty are stupid enough to sign on. staff aren’t professors so i wouldn’t expect them to understand the issues involved.

    this generation scares me with its wimpiness. Words you don’t agree with are not a form of assault. I think part of this is because the anti-bullying efforts are so over the top now. We teach kids to tattle on each other, and we won’t allow them to work minor things out among themselves. Everything is escalated to a huge deal. What ever happened to sticks and stones break my bones but words will never hurt me? Kids aren’t learning to develop a thick skin anymore and I think it will hurt them as adults.

  2. rgbact says:

    Liberal rich kids need to show they’re down with the struggle too.

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