By David G. Firestone
Could someone explain to me why kids are coddled so much? How did we get to this point? Between participation trophies, trigger warnings, and helicopter parents, we have a generation of kids in college who are grown in terms of physical bodies, but little children in terms of emotional maturity. When they don’t get what they want, they cry and scream and whine until they do.
The new phenomenon I’ve been seeing as of late are these “social justice warriors.” They are individuals who promote socially progressive ideals and political correctness. The problem is that while some of them have very valid and reasonable reasons for promoting these ideals, others have less than ideal reasons. Take what happened at the University of Missouri for example. There were a number of racial incidents on campus, and African American students were upset because they felt the university didn’t take enough steps to remedy the problem. The protests that followed were justifiable. Obviously, if racists incidents aren’t being dealt with, then those who were hurt have every right to be upset and protest.
Where these “social justice warriors” lose the point is by trying to silence everyone who doesn’t agree with their specific belief system. For example, if a university allows Milo Yiannopoulos to speak, inevitably there will be protests and sometimes these protests get out of hand. I’ve never been ashamed of DePaul University, my alma mater, but after the chaos at the visit of Milo Yiannopoulos, with security doing little, if anything to quell what was was going on, any chance of them getting donations from me is now a distant memory.
I can’t stand Milo Yiannopoulos, and I’m not going to defend what he says. He is an internet troll who likes to get under people’s skin. The problem here is that “social justice warriors” don’t seem to understand how internet trolling works, even though many of them fancy themselves as internet trolls. When you go to his speeches and raise havoc, you are doing exactly what he wants you to do, and you are proving his point.
Here’s something that these myopic, smug, self-righteous little children fail to understand about rights: Everyone has the right to free speech, free expression, and freedom of religion, not just you. You can believe whatever you want, but you can’t force me to believe it. People are going to have differing opinions from your own, and that’s the way the world works. Adults can respect disagreement, little children can’t handle it.
Again, I’m not slamming all “social justice warriors.” The ones who have real complaints and are protesting serious issues that need to be addressed are fine. The ones who act like babies because someone else disagrees with them are the ones I can’t stand. The world doesn’t revolve around you, nobody owes you anything, and you are no more important than the other 7 billion people on earth.
It should also be noted that the reason universities invite people like Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at events is because they want students to be out of their comfort zone. They want you to listen to him because his opinions differ from yours, and the university wants you to grow as a person. I don’t live in a world of affirmation, I live in a world of information, also called “The Real World” In the rea world, “safe spaces” are bullshit because in the real world, there is no such thing as a “safe space.” “trigger warnings” do not exist outside of school in the real world.
The bottom line for college students is that you are an adult, learn to act like it.