So there’s a big story circulating about a student who was told they had to remove their hat because it supported Donald Trump.
Oh yeah…and this happened in Canada.
Here’s the video but if you don’t feel like watching it, I’ll provide quotes below.
Let’s take a look at what it says in the National Post about this incident:
The incident — in which a female student at Mount Royal University insists that a male remove the hat commonly worn by Donald Trump supporters — came to light Thursday after a video emerged online.
In it the woman approaches a man asking him to take the hat off, arguing the slogan stands for hate language. The man refuses, insisting that he is in a public place and has the right to freedom of expression. He rejects the suggestion that it’s a hateful message.
When asked to remark about the confrontation later, the female student had this to say:
“Today (Wednesday) I got into an altercation with a guy wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. I went up and asked him if he would take the hat off, explaining a university should be a safe space,” she said.
“It was impossible to communicate to him why wearing a hat in support of a movement grown on the seeds of racism, bigotry and exclusion of diversity (sexual and cultural) could make some people afraid,” she added.
What the fuck.
You don’t get to tell people what they can and can not wear because you disagree with its message. You can disagree with the hats message and debate what the hat might signify, but you don’t get to be an authoritarian douche.
And since when is a University a ‘safe space’? Are young adults too sensitive to hear or be confronted with differing opinions?
Do you think the real world will be full of safe spaces for you to hide in?
A hat shouldn’t have the power to make anyone afraid. It seems obvious to me that this young lady wasn’t afraid in the slightest, because she sure as hell didn’t have any problem publicly confronting the hat wearer and causing an altercation. That doesn’t look like the actions of someone who is ‘afraid’.
Look, I think Trump is a dumb ass as well, but that means he’s able to be beaten in the marketplace of ideas. Instead of resorting to authoritarianism, why not engage in debate? By telling this guy to remove his hat, you become a bigger a-hole (or at the very least as big an a-hole) as the person you’re disagreeing with.
This kind of nonsense has to stop. We seem to be creating a society of people who can’t tolerate dissenting opinion; people who are willing to force others to agree with them through any means necessary.
If you want a ‘safe space’, try your own living-room or bedroom. That’s a safe place. A school is a place for learning and for being exposed to knew ideas, even ideas you might not agree with.
I know, it’s a shocker, right?
Later, the school had this to say:
“I have seen the video and want to emphasize that I believe, both as an individual and as the President of Mount Royal University, freedom of speech is fundamental to post-secondary institutions and to society as a whole,” said Docherty.
“Students can express differing opinions in a respectful way to increase understanding of each other’s views. Universities play a critical role in society as places where students and other groups can share and listen to different perspectives in a respectful and peaceful way. We will continue to protect this freedom of expression.”
At least this school isn’t caving into the bullying of the authoritarians who want to eradicate any opinion but their own.