Massachusetts students resist politically correct campus culture

Mar 31, 2016 by

By Kara Bettis –

CAMBRIDGE – While universities nationwide have made headlines for their crackdown on “microaggressions” and their creation of “safe spaces” away from offensive conversation, some Massachusetts college students think their peers are being overly sensitive.

Harvard University sophomore Rachel Huebner, an editorial writer for the Crimson student newspaper, recently penned a column against this “culture of sensitivity.

“I used to believe that open discourse was a value all Americans hold dear. I presumed that when asked about what makes America so unique, many Americans would respond that our pluralistic society is the foundation of so much of our success,” Huebner, who studies psychology, wrote last week. “But then I started college.”

Although she acknowledged that “students should become aware of and respect” newly surfaced various “identities,” Huebner wrote that many of progressive campus movements have “gone too far” – pointing to her recent experiences, as well as the University of New Hampshire’s attempt at removing offensive words from conversation.

“In a recent conversation with peers, I posed a question about a verse from the Bible. A Harvard employee in the room immediately interjected, informing me that we were in a safe space and I was thus not permitted to discuss the controversial biblical passage,” wrote Huebner, who did not immediately respond to an interview request.

Huebner’s piece garnered nearly 200 online comments within a week, mostly from those voicing agreement.

Huebner isn’t the only one fed up with the political correctness of her peers. Zachary Wood, a Williams College sophomore studying political science and philosophy, has been featured in several media outlets for his work as president of campus group Uncomfortable Learning.

Zachary Wood (Courtesy Zachary Wood)

Zachary Wood (Courtesy Zachary Wood)

Uncomfortable Learning hosts controversial speakers in order to spur provocative conversation, but made headlines in recent months when two speakers – of the six invited this school year – were disinvited after receiving lashback from students and the administration of the small liberal arts school in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Source: Massachusetts students resist politically correct campus culture | NewBostonPost

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