Oppression and bigotry are real, but you won’t find much of it on our college campuses. You will find, however, a worldview that enables mayhem such as the Paris attacks.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks Friday night in Paris that left 129 dead and hundreds wounded, we can safely say the U.S. student protesters’ 15 minutes of fame are over. The protests, which began at the University of Missouri and Yale and quickly spread to other schools drawing national media coverage, were always quixotic, seemingly conjured out of thin air.
Vague accusations that minority students are systematically oppressed carried demands for “safe spaces” and an end to “microaggressions,” as if American college campuses today are enclaves of the Jim Crow South. Throw in calls for student debt forgiveness, free tuition, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all college employees, and you more or less had a series of Bernie Sanders rallies on campuses from California to Massachusetts.
The Paris attacks, perpetrated by a violent global movement animated by a fanatical interpretation of Islam, have unmasked these students’ claims for what they are: the narcissistic phantoms of a coddled and privileged generation. Oppression and bigotry are real, but you won’t find much of it on our college campuses.
We’re So Oppressed By Frou Frou Facilities
Consider elite Amherst College. A group calling itself Amherst Uprising last week issued a statement and list of demands to address “the legacy of oppression on campus,” which has made students and faculty alike “victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism,” and so on. Apparently minorities at Amherst, where tuition costs more than $63,700 a year, are suffering terribly under this historical yoke, and they demand redress.