“The Campus Crusaders” David Brooks, The New York Times, 2 June 2015

"Today’s campus activists are not only going after actual acts of discrimination — which is admirable. They are also going after incorrect thought — impiety and blasphemy. They are going after people for simply failing to show sufficient deference to and respect for the etiquette they hold dear”.

College campuses have always been home to moral movements, yet a new wave of political correctness has been deterring actual progress while condemning those who attempt to discuss unfavorable topics. Students, not yet with settled philosophies, often interject emotions into discussion while seeing right from wrong in difficult issues as a moral black or white: Settled philosophies are meant to (but obviously don’t always) instill a limiting sense of humility, a deference to the complexity and multifaceted nature of reality. But many of today’s activists are forced to rely on a relatively simple social theory. This lack of separation self-prescribes the student to the role of the victim, unable to deliberate matters they consider to be against their personal morals. On the other side of this are the professors, whom numerous cases have been taken up against for their use of controversial language and topic discussions despite the fact the issues were being discussed from an academic standpoint rather than one of support. As a result, college faculty have increasingly felt like victims in a modern Salem witch trial”, walking on eggshells with their students as to not offend. Though students have the potential to make a very real difference in society through their morals, attacking incorrect thought rather than actual discrimination has no benefit other than to stifle open discussion in academia.

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“The Campus Crusaders” David Brooks, The New York Times, 2 June 2015

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