Monday, April 11, 2016 by newstarget
This is a followup to a March 23, 2016 ANP article titled “Trump 2016′ Yanks College Students Out Of Their ‘Safe Space’ With No TRIGGER WARNING!,” where we highlighted “crybully” students attempting to supress the free speech of other students by claiming they were afraid, inimidated and in pain after reading the words “Trump 2016” written in chalk at their college as a group of about 40 marched over to school authorities and demanded that something be done about the “diversity” of opinion expressed by the chalk writings because they disagreed with it.
(Article by Susan Daclos, republished from http://allnewspipeline.com/TheChalkening_Vs_Safe_Spaces.php)
Since then #TheChalkening has become a rallying call for free speech proponents with examples of students across the country responding to those protesting the “Trump 2016” messages by chalking for Trump at their respective colleges then posting images on social media at Twitter under the hashtag #TheChalkening.
According to the website Fire Andrea Mitchell, this new movement has spread to 20 campuses so far and continues to grow from what is being seen at #TheChalkening twitter hashtag page. (Note– The video at the end of the article shows #TheChalkening movement has spread since the April 1st tweet)
Make no mistake, this isn’t about “politics,” this is about the coddling of students attending college who think they deserve “safe spaces” from ideas and opinions they do not agree with.
Karen Agness writes the following statement at the end of a Forbes article titled “When Donald Trump Graffiti Threatens Your ‘Safe Space.”
American college students deserve a wake-up call, not more coddling. Colleges should be safe spaces for, not from, the free exchange ideas. Chalk that.
In Michigan multiple students actually contacted the school’s Division of Public Safety and Security because they found the messages “offensive.” Then they lamented the fact that being after hours the police couldn’t do anything about it, so *GASP* the offended students felt forced to douse the writings with water and wipe them away.
We consistently see the “safe space” proponents and the crybullies quoted in the news as to why they feel so threatened and inimidated and how the “Trump 2016” messages are causing them “pain” and suffering, but rarely does the MSM highlight the other side…. how those that are having their free speech attacked by people that disagree with them are affected.
One University of Tennessee student addresses that in her own blog post titled “Enough is Enough.” She explains what happened to her friend after chalking a message then tweeting “Super proud of our art work, but I have a feeling half of UTCs campus is gonna hate it. #TheChalkening #Trump2016.”
Her prediction was correct and after only about 30 minutes she deleted the tweet due to aggressive responses from a group of UTC students. One girl in the group took to it to screenshot the tweet and write a Facebook post about it encouraging people to share it and saying things such as “we as a campus support love, diversity, and unity and Donald Trump does not support any of these things” and the student went on to question why someone was allowed to run and be elected who supports someone who “encourages violence at his rallies, inequality, racism, and pure hatred”. The student openly says that black UTC students took it upon themselves to “clean up” campus that night. I have many problems with this post, and I know that there are similar views from a number of people because they disagree with Trump. Trump is blunt and to the point, he doesn’t sugar coat the truth and for that many people hate him and disagree with his campaign. That’s fine, but even if you don’t like him you have to respect that some people do agree with his policies.
It isn’t just Conservatives and Trump supporters that are pushing back against the “safe space” mentality, but even liberal sites are attempting to explain why the “coddling” students and offering “protection from words and ideas they don’t like,” is “disastrous for education and mental health.”
The New York Times recently published an op-ed by Judith Shulevitz titled “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas,” where she lists multiples examples of students mortified that they would be forced to confront controversial ideas while at school!
Oh, the horror!
Shulevitz describes a safe space created at Brown University as a room” equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies.”
Looking through the #TheChalkening hashtag at Twitter we saw the following letter sent from the Department of Latino/Latina Studies at the University of Illinois, listed as a “Statement in response to ‘Trump’ and ‘Build a Wall’ chalk writings.
According to Will.Illinois.edu, they also published a statement to their Facebook page.
It isn’t just “Trump” messages, although that is what started the #TheChalkening push back, but we see a March 8, 2016 article atReason.com that explains “safe spaces” and counceling are being offered to students who felt “traumatized” by the sight of tiny somberors at a tequila-themed birthday party.
The level of absurdity we are reaching and the atmosphere of the perpetual “victim” being made out of anyone that is forced to confront diverse opinions and ideas they don’t agree with, is creating a generation of “Peter Pan” children who will never grow up unless this nonsense stops.
According to the video below, students from 100’s of colleges across the U.S. are now standing up and “chalking” out! See more images from #TheChalkening hashtag below and at Twitter.