The political divide on college campuses isn’t healing any time soon
posted at 9:21 am on December 8, 2016 by Jazz Shaw
As usual, the vitriol, anger and hyperbole of another American election season is slowly but surely fading, and citizens of good will around the nation are coming together to tackle the challenges we all face. Naw… I’m just kidding. It’s probably worse than ever, particularly on the nation’s college campuses, where the liberal / conservative divide is growing like a weed. The New York Times chats with one college Republican out in Michigan who got caught up in the ongoing food fight long after the race was called.
Amanda Delekta, a sophomore at the University of Michigan and political director of the College Republicans, was ecstatic when her candidate, Donald J. Trump, won the presidential election.
But her mood of celebration quickly faded when students held an evening vigil on campus — to mourn the results — and her biology teacher suspended class on the assumption, Ms. Delekta said, that students would be too upset to focus.
She was outraged. “Nobody has died,” Ms. Delekta said. “The United States has not died. Democracy is more alive than ever. Simply put, the American people voted and Trump won.”
Ms. Delekta was later invited to the college president’s office to discuss her concerns, but that doesn’t seem to alleviate the central problem here. It’s no secret that the special snowflakes run the nation’s campuses almost exclusively, but is that any excuse to disrupt the services which the students are paying for? Classes were cancelled not just at the University of Michigan but around the country. We saw it happen at Cornell University here in New York. And instead of using the facilities for something education related, space was repurposed so they could literally hold a “cry-in.”
Each and every one of these schools has a conservative, College Republicans presence, no matter how small. Let’s be honest here for a moment. Do you believe that a single one of these schools would have cancelled classes and set up safe spaces and workshops for distraught conservatives if Hillary Clinton had won? Would there be special grief counselors hired to console the weeping Republicans? You already know the answer. They would not. In fact the only classes being cancelled in that event would have been the ones taking up space in the halls allocated for the victory party.
Now stop and think about this for a moment. The tuition at Cornell is currently $50,953 per year. And guess what… the conservatives have to pay that also. And they are paying to receive an education and a degree from a prestigious university. They were on site and ready to go to class but the services they are paying for were suddenly unavailable, not because of some power failure or natural disaster, but because the school administration had coordinated with the special snowflakes to shut the place down for a period of mourning.
Are the students going to be receiving a refund on part of their tuition on the basis of lost services? Don’t hold your breath. As usual, I’m not saying it’s time to burn down the universities, but…