Yale University is the third highest ranked university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report, with a draconian acceptance rate of 6.3%. One would presume Yale is where our nation’s next leaders are groomed. Well, quite frankly, if this is the case, we are in serious trouble.
A few days before Halloween, an email from Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Council to its students surfaced, warning students to be culturally and racially sensitive when choosing Halloween costume attire. These students are supposed to be the best and the brightest of our country, but apparently still need a babysitter reminding them how to behave as adults.
The day before Halloween, Associate Master of Yale’s Sillman College, Erika Christakis, responded to the over-reaching memo with surprising rationality and discernment. In it, she explains:
“Even if we could agree on how to avoid offense – and I’ll note that no one around campus seems overly concerned about the offense taken by religiously conservative folks to skin revealing costumes – I wonder, and I am not trying to be provocative: Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive? American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience; increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition. And the censure and prohibition come from above, not from yourselves! Are we all okay with this transfer of power? Have we lost faith in young people’s capacity – in your capacity to exercise selfcensure, through social norming, and also in your capacity to ignore or reject things that trouble you? We tend to view this shift from individual to institutional agency as a tradeoff between libertarian vs. liberal values (“liberal” in the American, not European sense of the word)…. Nicholas says, if you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offence are the hallmarks of a free and open society.”
It is particularly meaningful to note Ms. Christakis’ explanation that she isn’t encouraging offensive acts, but is instead encouraging the independence of an Ivy League student to distinguish for him or herself what kind of behavior is or is not appropriate.
After all, these students are supposed to be the most intelligent young Americans in the country. Why shouldn’t they be able to make their own decisions and learn from their own choices? Isn’t college the time for young adults to decide these kinds of things for themselves, especially through an open dialogue with one another? Ms. Christakis, and her husband Nicholas, who is the Master of Sillman College and is included in the response, went out of their way to defend these students’ individual rights.
This was apparently too much for the entitled, overindulged elitist student body of Yale to handle. They surrounded Mr. Christakis this week, ironically after a free speech conference, whining about the loss of their “safe space.” The video series can be seen here below for anyone curious to see the next generation of America’s workers, parents, and all-around drains on society.
One student starts off by accusing Christakis of being racist because he doesn’t know her name. How in the world not remembering 500 students’ names is racist is still completely unclear, probably because it makes absolutely no sense.
At one point in the video series, Christakis animatedly expresses that “other people have rights too, not just you.” This is not a particularly noteworthy revelation if you are even mildly familiar with the United States Constitution. It should be even less noteworthy to an elite student at Yale University who should be better versed in the basic freedoms of this country than the rest of us underlings.
However, it was so distressing to a female student in the crowd that she actually screams in his face, “be quiet,” throws out a couple f-bombs, and takes off her backpack as if signaling the start of an altercation. All because when she got in his face and tried to explain to him what his job description was, he calmly stated he disagreed.
She was also complaining about her safe space being threatened while aggressively getting in his face. The irony is rich.
This actually happened. At an Ivy League School. This is America’s future.
They want to shut up anyone who doesn’t agree with their mentality. With these elitist millennials, a civil disagreement over ideas is just too much for their tiny, underused but overinflated brains to handle.
Take the word, “safe space,” and notice how many times it is used in this series of videos. These aren’t concerns of sexual assault, or on campus violence occurring. That would be serious and actually warrant the use of the term, “safe space.” The subject of the conversation was Halloween costumes, and these delicate snowflakes are whining, yelling even, claiming that the idea that someone might wear a Halloween costume offensive to them is creating an unsafe environment for them.
So, in typical fashion, they are calling for these professors’ resignations. No doubt these professors will be harassed and harangued in the months to come by the students who just aren’t satisfied until they effectively neutralize the opposition.
Soon, these people will be joining our workforce. Will they be forced to grow up, or will they be able to band together enough that their herd mentality isn’t threatened? I don’t know, but I hear there is a lot of safe space in Canada if they’re interested.