The “Safe Space”. Many have not yet heard of this term and I am a bit surprised by this. It seems to be the next hot button issue for the masses of students that have no future because they are getting a degree in Liberal Arts, or Theater Arts. The issue of Safe Space’s is so controversial that even the guys over at South Park Studios have done an entire episode on it; see South Park’s “Safe Space” on Hulu. If you have a Hulu account I highly suggest watching the episode. If not, maybe it’s time you unplugged form cable, but that’s a rant for another day.
So what exactly is a “Safe Space”?
According to one site, “A Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability.”
So basically, a “Safe Space” is a space where people will not challenge your ideas. Excuse me if I missed something here, but isn’t challenging ideas exactly what this world needs in order to move forward? Where would we be if ideas weren’t challenged? Challenges are what make people try harder. Challenges are what make people think differently and unlock avenues they have never thought about before.
Challenges are what makes life interesting,
overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Ralph Emerson
Even Ralph Emerson has stated that challenges are what makes life interesting. Yet, for some people, this is simply too much to handle. In so many cases that we hear about, these protestors are now becoming militant in their actions. They are forcing schools to do their bidding by opening false lawsuits and claiming false racism. They are then protesting these people until the school has no choice but to silence them by doing their bidding. It is outright blackmail and disgraceful. The militant protestors are now attempting to change history by forcing changes upon universities. One such change recently demanded at Princeton is to remove the name of President Woodrow Wilson, one of the university’s most honored alumni and former university president, from all of it’s buildings. The militant wing of the “Safe Space” protestors are in effect creating an intimidation effect on those that are not willing to accept their way of thinking; The “Safe Space” people, are not allowing others to have their own “Safe Space”.
“I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of views. ” –Barak Obama
Barak Obama himself, in a recent Town Hall in Iowa, also criticized progressive campus culture saying he is not a fan of the safe spaces/call-out culture that has formed. He went on to say the following:
I’ve heard I’ve of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative. Or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans, or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. And I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of views. (Applause.)
I think that you should be able to — anybody should — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, you can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say. That’s not the way we learn, either.
–Barak Obama source: www.whitehouse.gov
Now don’t get me wrong. The original idea behind this movement was to allow LBGT have a safe place to be who they are. That is absolutely fine with me as I have not one, but two siblings who are gay. One of my sisters is lesbian, and my brother is gay. Do I love them any less because of this? Absolutely not. I love both of them for who they are. But at the same time, they are not trying to force anything on me, and they are not militant in their pushing the envelope. They are normal people, living normal lives, and letting others live their lives as they want.
The militant wing of the “Safe Space” protestors are in effect creating an intimidation effect on those that are not willing to accept their way of thinking; The “Safe Space” people, are not allowing others to have their own “Safe Space”.
So yeah, in effect the “Safe Space” crowd is pretty much just a group of absolute hypocrites. The world is not a safe space. The world is filled with people who don’t give a crap about you, and don’t give a crap about your safe space. I would like to see you arrive somewhere in the Middle East, or Africa, or China and try to claim your “Safe Space”. Do you really think ISIS gives a shit about your safe space? I’m pretty sure they would just throw you in a cage, burn you alive to the point of just before death, and then drown you in a lake. How’s that for your safe space?
Kid’s these days need a dose of reality. A reality check of epic proportions.
Kid’s these days have no idea the world we live in. They have been sheltered by their parents and coddled along through school. The “Everybody is a winner!” mentality is now coming full circle with the continued pacification of america’s youth. Kid’s these days are demanding that their feelings are not hurt, and that nobody challenge their ideas. Kid’s these days need a dose of reality. A reality check of epic proportions.
That’s why I am all up in your safe space.