Selective Outrage on Campus

Selective Outrage on Campus

by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  November 12, 2015 at 5:30 am

Following the forced resignations of the President and Provost of the University of Missouri, demonstrations against campus administrators has spread across the country.  Students – many of whom are Black, gay, transgender and Muslim – claim that they feel "unsafe" as the result of what they call "white privilege" or sometimes simply privilege.  "Check your privilege" has become the put-down du jour.  Students insist on being protected by campus administrators from "micro-aggressions," meaning unintended statements inside and outside the classroom that demonstrate subtle insensitivities towards minority students.  They insist on being safe from hostile or politically incorrect ideas.  They demand "trigger warnings" before sensitive issues are discussed or assigned. They want to own the narrative and keep other points of view from upsetting them or making them feel unsafe.

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