A letter to incoming University of Chicago freshmen professed no support for “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” https://t.co/d2fpqCZ6ZQ— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 27, 2016
The anodyne welcome letter to incoming freshmen is a college staple, but this week the University of Chicago took a different approach: It sent new students a blunt statement opposing some hallmarks of campus political correctness, drawing thousands of impassioned responses, for and against, as it caromed around cyberspace.
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” John Ellison, dean of students, wrote to members of the class of 2020, who will arrive next month.
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Now i'm all for universities providing "safe spaces" where people meet up as groups like Racial minorities, LGBT people, etc. What i'm opposed to is this growing habit where if a university invites someone whose views the students judge to be objectionable they block that person from coming to speak. Nonsense. We already have the problem of people only exposing themselves to news/ideas/and thinkers that already are in line with their own, can't have universities reinforcing that as well. We always say you need diverse voices, i think that should include ideological diversity and increasingly that is lacking on college campuses, cry babies about trigger warnings and safe spaces aren't helping the situation. I'm pretty much liberal on most things, but i find liberals increasingly simply shut down conversations rather than debate. The cons have their own version of this, but for the purposes of this conversation im hoping there can be a little bit more self criticizing than everyone congratulating themselves on how much better than the other side they are.