The social justice warriors at Northern Arizona University are out for blood after the school’s president told them she doesn’t believe in providing “safe spaces” for students who feel oppressed by other viewpoints.
According to NBC 12 News Arizona, the trouble began last Wednesday during an open forum. A sophomore stood up and asked the school’s president, Rita Cheng, if she was serious about tackling issues of harassment.
“How can you promote safe spaces, if you don’t take action in situations of injustice, such as, last week when we had the preacher on campus and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students?” the student asked. “As well as not speaking out against racist incidents like blackface two months ago by student workers followed by no reform and no repercussions?”
The report doesn’t go into the backstory of these incidents, but we’re sure they’re SUPER SERIOUS and not at all trivial and stupid.
Oh, but these precocious young whiners need to have their victimization validated, so they flew into a rage when Cheng responded as any sane individual would:
“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe spaces,” she said. “I think that you as a student have to develop the skills to be successful in this world and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”
Boom, walkout. Protests. Not only that, the NAU Student Action Coalition is calling for Cheng to resign. Because that’s what they do now – Agree with us or lose your career.
In a statement to 12 News, the student group said, “President Cheng’s answers at the forum were insufficient and if she’s not ready or willing to engage in these serious conversations and more importantly work towards solutions, then we do feel her resignation is necessary and would want a university President who works to provide the purpose of higher education, which is to enrich the lives of many people, students, faculty, staff and the larger Flagstaff community.”
So far, Cheng and the university’s administration appear to be holding their ground, but we’ll see what the future holds. We’ve seen these inane protests cost school deans their jobs, and some of the complaints were just as ridiculous as the ones seen here. These schools have a tendency to hand the asylum over to the lunatics.
On the other hand, when you think about where some of these poisonous ideas came from in the first place, maybe these schools are simply reaping their own harvest.