CHEAP SEATS: College protest a sign of our intolerance
Earlier this month, students at Middlebury College erupted into an explosive protest against controversial conservative social scientist Charles Murray.
In the process of protesting Murray’s speech, students pulled fire alarms, threw a stop sign, jumped on a vehicle and injured a professor at the university.
That professor, Allison Stanger, is not a supporter of Murray’s views, but does support his right to speak about them.
Writing in the New York Times, she summed up the true lesson of that day, which is not about youth, or irresponsibility, or racism or elitism.
It’s about listening to one another.
“What the events at Middlebury made clear,” she wrote, “is that, regardless of political persuasion, Americans today are deeply susceptible to a renunciation of reason and celebration of ignorance.
“They know what they know without reading, discussing or engaging those who might disagree with them. People from both sides of the aisle reject calm logic, eager to embrace the alternative news that supports their prejudices.”
An observation that is not pertinent just south of the border, and one we should all keep in mind the next time we try to shout someone down, or insult them, or denigrate them just because we disagree with them.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats.
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