Liberal/progressives are quick to take offense when anyone disagrees with them, but are not concerned with the feelings of those they disagree with.
Recently Rutgers University students demanded an apology for having a conservative speak on campus. The speech so traumatized them that they felt they needed a group therapy session to recover. A number of organizations were there after the event to offer support for these students, including Psychiatric Services, the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, and the Rutgers University Police. Said one protesting student, “I do not know what else to do for us to be heard for us to be cared about. I deserve an apology; everyone in this room deserves an apology!”
This kind of behavior has become an all too familiar phenomenon at colleges and universities lately, as well as in our society as a whole.
Like many liberal policies this sensitivity for the feelings of others started with good intentions once upon a time. Words can certainly be hurtful. Derogatory racial or ethnic slurs, for instance, should not be flung around by anyone. But, like most other progressive notions this reasonable compassion has morphed into something altogether as wrong, some would say even worse, than the behavior they criticized. And, as usual liberals might as well be wearing blinders or rose colored glasses when viewing their own behavior.
Let’s look at a few examples of this liberal/progressive hypocrisy.
Our President can decry unfair attitudes towards others while mocking those who “cling to their guns or religion.” So don’t those religious people have feelings, too? Some progressives want the open wearing of crosses banned because it might offend Muslims. Do liberals have the same compassion for the feelings of families of military men and women killed or maimed in Iraq or Afghanistan and call for Muslims not to wear traditional garb in public? It is the inability of progressives to see more than just their side of these kinds of issues that exacerbates the situation. Most Caucasians can understand how the Confederate flag could offend African-Americans because of slavery, but do any progressives understand that many Southerners whose ancestors fought bravely for that flag view it as a symbol of pride in defense of their homes against Northern invaders?
It is also the hyper-sensitivity of those liberal/progressives who are so easily offended that outrages many. Is it really demeaning to wish a non-Christian “Merry Christmas?” Does the word Easter offend others so much that it has to be called Spring Break in public schools? It gets worse. In Washington D.C. a white staff member who used the word “niggardly” in a private meeting was forced to resign. That niggardly has nothing to do with race is immaterial for liberals, and obviously they didn’t care about the feelings of someone who lost his job for no good reason.
Professors in the University of California system have been instructed not to say things like –
- America is the land of opportunity
- There is only one race, the human race
- I believe the most qualified person should get the job
Seriously? That offends liberals? At the University of Florida one course has banned words such as “husband,” “wife,” “mom,” or “dad” in the classroom because they are not inclusive and might hurt the feelings of others. What about the feelings of those who love their mom, dad, husband or wife?
When liberals demand the Washington Redskins change the name of their team because of injured feeling of Native Americans, but ignore the feelings of police officers when Black Lives Matter protesters chant, “Pigs in a blanket. Fry ‘em like bacon,” they are not practicing what they preach. Progressives who are so sensitive about the feelings of some, but who turn a blind eye to the feelings of others ought to be ashamed. But of course, they’re not. They are engaging in something that has been called the crybully phenomenon, and they are using vicious tactics to enforce their point of view.
A year ago an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara stole and destroyed anti-abortion sign from a group of protesters as well as allegedly scratching and pushing a 16-year-old protester. Last November a University of Missouri professor called for “muscle” to remove a cameraman filming a protest. She said, “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.” Luckily, no one was hurt, but the attitude demonstrates the hypocrisy of the left. Neither of these professors were thinking of the feelings of those they disagreed with, nor, obviously, with the First Amendment.
Given the climate on most college and university campuses, where microaggression and white privilege courses justify this state of mind, things will only get worse unless and until rational people demand and end to this foolishness.