For many who fight for free speech or generally against campus leftism, myself included, these past few years have been bleak. Free speech has been under attack by mobs of rabid Social Justice Warriors, intent on censoring speech that is contrary to their beliefs. Shrill voices fill the quads of universities everywhere, demanding that hate speech be banned from campus. Bereft of any factual evidence to support their claims, protesters march and demand ridiculous things of campus administrations. Conservative speakers are disinvited because their views are labeled as offensive. Specifically Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos have been protested and threatened, experiencing a lot of venom from the left when they speak on campuses.
College campuses have undoubtably devolved from centers of discourse and debate to centers of protest and turmoil. After several years of this, many are losing hope that college campuses will ever return to places of learning. As a student, I’m very much fed up with students spending more time pitching hissy-fits than actually going to class. I’m sick of seeing students coddled because they feel offended by a differing opinion. Campus leftists advocate for every type of diversity imaginable except for arguably the most important type of diversity: intellectual diversity.
For those who see no end in sight to this madness, I say keep the faith. This madness will end, and the end is in sight. Many major political figures and Hollywood bigwigs, both conservative and liberal, are beginning to realize how factually bankrupt these campus movements have become. Campus leftists’ infringement on first amendment rights and unwillingness to advocate for intellectual diversity has come under fire from all ends of the political spectrum.
Friends, colleagues, and readers of TCC, trust me when I say that the tide is turning.
Fed up yet?
For many who have followed campus leftism for the past several years, the censorship of dissenting opinions is nothing new. The events of 2015 and 2016 really catapulted campus SJWs into the news spotlight and many started to take notice, specifically celebrities.
Back in 2015, Jerry Seinfeld told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” He continued, “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
Richard Dawkins, a highly respected scientist and militant atheist, also denounced the college crybabies. On the topic of disinviting speakers, Dawkins said, “If you only ever get exposed to ideas you agree with, what kind of university would that be?” Dawkins also said, “denying people the right to speak on campuses is a betrayal.”
Bill Maher, arguably one of the left’s most prolific mouthpieces, has even come out against campus leftists. In midst of the Mizzou controversy, according to Mediaite, Maher argued that the protesters’ tactic of a media-free zone made them “look like the Chinese army” because “their right to not be offended does not supersede the First Amendment.” Maher also said of the Yale protesters, “Who raised these little monsters?!”
Actor Gary Oldman has vociferously denounced PC culture. Oldman said in an interview, “I just think political correctness is crap… Take a f***ing joke. Get over it.”
Several other actors have come out against PC culture and campus activism. Even Barack Obama has denounced the trampling of free speech, saying, “I do worry if young people start getting trained to think that if somebody says something I don’t like, if somebody says something that hurts my feelings, that my only recourse is to shut them up, avoid them, push them away, call on a higher power to protect me from that.”
People are finally realizing how destructive censorship in the name of emotion can be, and they aren’t happy.
SJW Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
You may ask: why am I so sure that the tide of censorship is turning? There’s one event that has renewed my optimism, and I hope it has done the same for others. I was watching “The Triggering,” an event at University of Massachusetts Amherst, that featured Milo Yiannopoulos, Steven Crowder, and Christina Hoff Sommers. Throughout the entire event, protesters annoyingly yelled and disrupted all three speakers. One protester, who has been endearingly dubbed “Trigglypuff,” threw an absolutely horrid hissy-fit. Fortunately, somebody caught it on camera and the internet had one big collective laugh.
The left’s ironic response to an event that was meant to make fun of ridiculous censorship has opened many eyes. If the left continues to protest events like they protested “The Triggering,” people on both aisles of the political spectrum will begin to collectively denounce this hypersensitive attitude. Once we rid campuses of this attitude, we can finally have a intellectually productive discussion on an array of issues.
The more hilariously whiny the protesters get, the more people will get fed up with their antics. Just as these hypersensitive antics slowly creeped their way into college campuses, they will slowly leave college campuses with their tails between their legs.
My message to all college students who are sick of these protesters: fight back. Don’t sit idle and allow these crybabies to control the conversation. Say what you want to say, stay true to your beliefs, and fight for what you think is right. If you upset your local SJW chapter, good. Keep up whatever you’re doing.
My message to SJWs: Keep up your childish antics, you’re only hurting yourself.