I remember, oh so long ago, when adolescence and young adulthood was a time for recklessness. Now I was never a "rebellious" youth. I respected my parents, did my homework, and stayed away from generally the worst kinds of behavior. But like all teens and young adults, I was a pompous ass.
I wasn't afraid to speak my mind, even if it offended others. In reality most of my peers, especially those far more wild than me, were obnoxious idiots who thrived on asserting their independence from their parents and social norms. Being a teenager and college student was about bucking trends. You found your identity by challenging what everyone else around you thought while looking for the truth, wherever it may be found.
This often resulted in tumultuous confrontations between friends, family, and neighbors, but it was all in the name of finding yourself.
Please keep in mind that this was during the late 90's, early 2000's. Not very long ago.
But in just a short span of time, it looks like the current crop of young people have regressed into fetus-like aberrations. They are being told speaking your mind, challenging status quos, and being a little (or a lot) offensive is wrong. These regressive man-children are allowed to hide from reality, sucking their thumbs in artificial wounds, in an effort to sink into a make-believe where anything they don't like doesn't exist.
What are these dangerous nurseries called? College campuses.
At a time in life when people are supposed to push the boundaries, college students are being railroaded. Social justice cowards, being empowered by limp-wristed college staff, are waging war on the most fundamental virtues of young adulthood. When once teenagers and college students were expected to be outlandish and outspoken, flipping a middle finger at society's conventions, they are being shamed for having an opinion.
These "safe spaces," places where offended students can hide away from reality, send a message that if you disagree with somebody, it's their fault. Colleges are teaching our future leaders to be weak. Instead of growing a backbone, they are encouraged to run away, tail between their legs, hoping that the mean people will go away.
This is destroying the kind of free-spirited, free-thinking environment college campuses are supposed to create. Social justice, with its radical views on feminism, race, and sexuality, are attacking anyone with dissenting opinions.
Not only is this preventing the free exchange of ideas--you know, that thing called education--but it's hampering the way students are experiencing fun and enjoyment.
I've already talked about how social justice Nazis are attacking Halloween. Last year a college professor came under fire for simply defending students' rights to dress up any way they want. Well, the fight continues this year, as we learn the University of Florida has created a hotline for students offended by costumes.
In a Gator Times newsletter posted Monday, the administration encourages students to “think about your choices of costumes and themes."
“Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation,” the statement reads.
“If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing [email protected]. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone.” (via News Max)
What the hell is a hotline going to do? Is the person on the other line going to reach out, pat the offended child on the head saying, "It's okay, baby. Everything's going to be alright."
This reminds me of James O'Keefe parody item, the "Triggered First Aid Kit:"
Oh my God, this is America! These are grownups, for crying out loud. Do they really need to be treated like babies because they saw someone in a Freddy mask?
Now I know most people won't be offended by a scary clown costume (although this that might not be true) or a ghost or skeleton costume. What we're really talking about are costumes that trample on SJW's weak, little toes. Costumes that in reality mean no harm, but can be misconstrued to be racially insensitive, or insulting to transgenders or whatever.
Because when a guy wants to dress up as Catwoman as a joke, he's really trying to make a statement about transgender cat people.
Or maybe he just wants to have fun, because it's Halloween.
This is 2016, people. I really doubt most American students want to dress up in black face, or parade around with the intentions of offending other people (I say American students, because apparently black face is still a thing in other countries). Halloween is about having fun by dressing up in silly costumes, eating lots of sugar (if you're a kid), and going out and partying for a bit. It's not a secret conspiracy by white supremacists to attack minorities or degrade LGBTQB-etc's rights in America.
What do they think a hotline will really accomplish? Suzy's having fun at a local kegger. Then a group of frat boys come in dressed in high heels and miniskirts, because they lost of bet. Suzy--a transgender queer owlkin (or whatever)--suddenly feels attacked and offended by this silly display (even though nobody is paying attention to her). So she pulls out her phone and calls the hotline.
Through the noise and revelry of the party, some tired and miserable faculty member tries to reassure her that everything is going to be alright. That the sun will in fact rise tomorrow. That all her hurt feelings are valid and she can still exist.
I thought that's what alcohol was for.
Make no mistake, this hotline is not about helping people feel safe. It is an attempt for damaged snowflakes to report any students who are being "offensive." It is the University of Florida giving students an opportunity to attack anyone they don't like. It is another way social justice warriors can attack the free speech and expression of their fellow man.
Don't be surprised if the school compiles a list of every student who infringes on their guidelines for a "safe and respectable" Halloween. Those students will come in the next day, greeted with expulsion papers or other forms of punishment. Not because they are offensive predators, intent on attacking minorities, but because they wanted to have fun on Halloween.
This is the real fight, an attempt by the left to infringe on our rights. Freedom of speech is about more than just being able to say want you want online. It's about having the freedom to pursue happiness, without fear of an overly controlling society--be it a religious institution, government, or school board--telling you it's wrong.
What happens when all these snowflakes graduate and enter the working world (provided there are jobs by then)? They are going to take their warped views of safe spaces and trigger warnings into the office, where the rest of us are just trying to get along. The days of carefree office parties, of friendly neighborhood trick or treating, and fun Halloweens, will be over.
Now is the time to put a stop to this kind of stupidity, before it gets out of hand. Now is the time that we protect our right to have a fun Halloween, just as much as we protect the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms.
Because if we don't, they'll take it from us.