I ran across this piece at Campus Reform where Christina Hoff Sommers notes how the Left is killing free speech, debate, and critical thinking with their safe spaces, and “check your privilege” nonsense
Suppression of free speech, whether it’s designated free speech zones, safe spaces censoring speech, or students disrupting events, has become commonplace on college campuses.
At a Heritage Foundation panel discussion Thursday examining modern-day violations of the First Amendment, panelist Christina Hoff Sommers put the violations of free speech on campuses at the forefront of her discussion, saying that she has witnessed a marked deterioration in academic discourse over the years she has spent touring college campuses.
Now, of course, no one is allowed to dissent with any Leftist talking point. If they do they are demonized as some sort of “ist” or “phobe” racist, sexist, Islamaphobe, Homophobe. And, any attempt at honest, open debate? Not on the Neo-Marxists watch!
Sommers said many of the problems stem from “intersectional feminism,” a concept that she claimed began as an attempt to address the ill-treatment of minority groups within the feminist movement, but has since devolved into tribalism and the bullying of whites and males.
Instead of encouraging discussion and the formation of logical arguments, she pointed out, whites and males are now told to “check their privilege” and reflexively concede any position advanced by marginalized groups.
If you are not a woman or a minority, your opinions are discredited, not on their merit, but on your race or sex, which Sommers claimed is dividing people rather than bringing them together, because individuals are encouraged to identify with a specific race or gender, rather than simply identifying with all people.
Of course! The Left is dividing people, making them believe that everything about them is defined by their skin color, gender, or their “identity”. Their next step is to make everyone feel like a victim of mistreatment, and discrimination. In short, the Left, which used to rant against discrimination, is now creating it and using it for power. Everything has been flipped on its head.
Once being color blind was championed, but now, it is vilified as bigotry. Once, judging people by their skin color was, rightfully called out as bigotry. Now? Now everyone’s entire worth, or worthlessness is determine solely by their pigmentation. Once, Liberals spoke of open-mindedness, and dialogue, now? Now such things will get you in deep trouble. In short, the Left is allowing their true colors to show.
Tolerance? Diversity? Ha! These are values the Left abhors. Instead the Left demands complete and total submission to their ideology. Anyone, even Liberals who oppose the Left’s goals are to be destroyed by any means necessary.