Well, we have finally reached peak 2019 academia. While President Trump is doing his best to ensure the return of free speech to our liberal college campuses, an incident that occurred at Michigan State University last September shows just how important it is that we remain vigilant. Even in an atmosphere where we’re accustomed to conservative speakers getting de-platformed and students forming vicious protest mobs every time a teacher questions the concept of “white privilege,” this story startled us with its sheer ridiculousness.
From the College Fix:
One evening last September, a Michigan State University student awoke from his nap to see his roommate sitting at his computer. There was a video playing, and the student realized his roommate was watching a video of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.
The newly awoken student then took to his own computer to file a complaint with the administration’s bias reporting system against his roommate for watching the Shapiro video.
“Ben Shapiro is known for his inflammatory speech that criticizes and attacks the African American community,” the student wrote in his report against his roommate. “I thought hate had no place on MSU’s campus yet MSU has roomed me with someone who supports hate speach [sic].”
The Fix found the complaint, which the college addressed by actually accommodating the student and putting him with a new roommate, along with dozens of others that have been filed at MSU this year. Michigan State just launched a new “Public Incident” website, and students are encouraged to use the site to access the “bias reporting system.” This is where students (and professors) and complain to the administration about the many microaggressions they may fact throughout the school day.
For instance, this doozy:
In late November, a lecturer was giving a work presentation when he made a joke about surveys asking “sex” as an identifying question. The professor noted that the concept of “sex” is different to people of different ages, as older people are more likely to see gender as a strictly male/female choice.
“The ‘joke’ implies that being transgender or intersex is something people age in and out of,” a person present complained to the bias reporting system.
“I approached him after the presentation and told him that it is unacceptable to make transphobic jokes and he cannot do that again, but again, he didn’t really seem to understand, and didn’t respond,” the complainant wrote, adding the professor “has a past history of making insensitive remarks about other groups, so anything is possible.”
Once upon a time, college was a place you went to have a little bit of fun on your way to getting a degree and entering full adulthood. We guess those times are quickly vanishing. Too bad.