When people on Tumblr are being bullied to suicide or told that they’re garbage or outed or getting death threats, that’s the commoners. Or to be even more cynical: social justice was supposed to be Yale’s weapon against Caltech and Podunk.When a Contemporary Perspectives On American Literature professor is inconvenienced, AAAAAAAAH SOCIAL JUSTICE HAS GONE TOO FAR! But now Yale students are using it against Yale professors and administrators, and now it’s a problem.A friend on Tumblr pointed out that Hillary Clinton’s official list of campaign priorities include “ending sexual assault on campus”? Studies find that women are less likely to be assaulted on college campuses than off them.Isn’t “ending sexual assault on campus” the same kind of priority as “ending murder in gated communities?Prior to 1000 AD, the Wyandot people were likely the first group to live in the area, followed by the Iroquois.When Europeans first came to Toronto, they found a small village known as Teiaiagon on the banks of the Humber River.At first, Dorchester suggested opening the new Canada West as districts under the Quebec government, but the British Government made known its intention to split Canada into Upper and Lower Canada.
But as the other old saying goes, “I know some Trojans who would be a lot happier if they had.” So let me explain why this sudden outpouring of support for my position makes me uncomfortable.I’m not saying that there aren’t important arguments to be had about trigger warnings and safe spaces. But they’re only one of many problems, and far from the worst. All this is doing is granting social justice activists their most dubious claim: that they are trying to use their ideology as a shield for themselves rather than a sword against others (as Popehat brilliantly puts it).And if people must focus on trigger warnings and safe spaces, I wish they would use one of about a zillion good arguments that don’t involve the pseudo-Nietzschean “You’re all babies! Finally, I think this might be a wake-up call to worry about the role of academia in media more generally.The Atlantic published The Coddling Of The American Mind. ) published Campus PC Panic Is Getting Ridiculous and How Coddled Young Radicals Got Discomfort All Wrong. Even President Obama has condemned what he called “coddled” college students, saying “that’s not the way we learn”.The UK political class is up in arms about Germaine Greer being denied platform, and the US political class is up in arms about the Halloween costume argument at Silliman College (nominative determinism! Complaining about social justice seems to be getting, dare I say, almost trendy.
I worry recent criticism of social justice is revealing the same thing.