The political correctness and sensitivity plague strikes again.
Pro-Trump chalk writings found on sidewalks, walls, and rocks on college campuses across the United States have gone viral, offending many. Students at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia first reported chalk markings bearing messages including “Vote Trump” and “Trump 2016” around the end of March. Offended students cried out, claiming that the chalk messages were intimidating to political, ethnic, and religious minorities on campus.
This occurrence has since gone viral, dubbed “The Chalkening” by the popular, and often controversial, college media outlet Old Row. Old Row refers to itself as the self proclaimed “Authority On Southern Collegiate/Post-Grad Life.” In typical daring and trendsetting Old Row fashion, administrators on Instagram and Twitter challenged students to spread chalk messages in support of the Republican presidential front runner to “troll” college campuses nationwide.
Old Row’s effort has, apparently, become a success. Many pictures of chalk messages have been submitted to Old Row, and were posted on their Twitter and Instagram accounts–but not without a warning from Twitter that the “tweet may contain sensitive material” before users can view the photos. Old Row tweets extolling the movement include “Chalk is Powerful”, giving a nod to the free speech movement that some has claimed is offensive vandalism. They also quoted an article giving “#TheChalkening” coverage, claiming that “Leftists really need to chillax over #TheChalkening.”
Once again, the outcry from offended liberals leads one to believe that #TheChalkening is more of an act of vandalism than an act of free speech. This comes after late last year, when Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, voiced his thoughts in a letter to the campus’s community, stating that our culture has promoted a climate that allows kids to be self-absorbed and narcissistic, turning them into victms whenever their feelings are hurt. He went on to express that individuals challenge their right to feel offended is labeled as a hater, bigot, oppressor, or “victimizer.”
Regardless of political perspective, maybe it’s time for TheCollegeConservative to challenge students across college campuses to talk some chalk to the sidewalks, writing the words of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.