I don’t know about you but when I was at University the place was plastered with posters, notices, cards and graffiti supporting this or that wilder end of the political spectrum and we all seemed to get by just fine thanks.
But then I did not go to Emory University.
You see what has happened at that bastion of freedom and learning is someone exercised their First Amendment rights and wrote “Donald Trump 2016” in chalk all across campus. Ooooh it’s on the sidewalks, a few chairs and as above on a handrail. Yeah it really is that bad. This innocuous display of free speech sent some traumatised students running like a lot of wet hens to seek the sanctuary of the nearest Administration Building.
A wailing chant rose from the overwrought poor dears addressed to University Administration, led by College sophomore Jonathan Peraza, resounding with the eternal clarion call of the adolescent “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” In pain? Dear grief Jonathon, it was a chalk graffito. If this seriously is the absolutely most offensive devastating thing that you have ever met in your short life you are a right putz.
One thin skinned girl who clearly has never been let out of her home on her own before, bleated tearily, “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school.” Oh God hold me up.
“[Faculty] are supporting this rhetoric by not ending it,” said one priggish student, who clearly feels that just the word “Trump” is a form of racist microaggression and went on to say that “people of color are struggling academically because they are so focused on trying to have a safe community and focus on these issues [related to having safe spaces on campus].” What a lot of naval gazing sanctimonious shite.
Did the University seniors explain that whilst the act of vandalism was to be decried, it is a First Amendment of the Constitution that people can support legitimate candidates? Did James Wagner stand up and suggest the students might have missed the memo that there is an election in progress? Did he point out that Emory’s regulations specifically espouse freedom of expression? No, no not a bit of it.
Instead of telling these silly students to go away and grow up, the student government association is “OFFERING EMERGENCY COUNSELING FOR STUDENTS TRIGGERED BY THE TRUMP 2016 CAMPUS CHALKINGS”.
Universities are not meant to be monasteries, they are there to engage with the world not to be somewhere to run away to, to broaden and deepen the minds of their students. By acting like this you are not making any form of “stand”, this is not a statement of anything more than telling the world you are not serious people. You are acting like little scared children.
If you don’t like the fact people support Trump, or are concerned about his daft ideas about Walls, or Muslims then engage in the political process. Wipe the slogan off the wall (it was only ever chalk for goodness sake), get off your pampered bottoms, buy your own chalk get out there and campaign.
Copyright David Macadam 2016