David Kaufman of The New York Post Rebukes College Campus Protesters Over Race

Jonathan Butler uses a megaphone in August to encourage during a "day of action" at the University of Missouri. Butler began a hunger strike on Nov. 2. Photo: Columbia Daily Tribune / Associated Press
Jonathan Butler uses a megaphone in August to encourage during a “day of action” at the University of Missouri. Butler began a hunger strike on Nov. 2. Photo: Columbia Daily Tribune / Associated Press

The protests at the University of Missouri and Yale University have given us endless tales of racial slights and looming violence at campuses nationwide. But where’s the agenda?

The alleged offenses range from the horrific — fecal swastikas, social-media threats against black students — to more trivial questions about skin tone, hair texture and economic status.

Stung by a seemingly endless barrage of race-based attacks, Missouri students feel “awkward,” “exhausted” and “uncomfortable,” The New York Times reports.

Elle interviewed a Yale senior who says the school makes people of color “feel small” and she, personally, like “the token black girl at the party every weekend.”

And The Washington Post wrote of Missouri students as “hurting victims” in need of a “rare space where their blackness could not be violated.”

Having survived my own journey as a minority at a pair of elite East Coast universities, I can understand these kids’ sentiments — no matter the navel-gazing. But the sentiment seems to drown out any discussion of much actual fact.

Reared on a diet of “microaggressions” and “hostile environments,” “safe spaces” and the need for “validation,” many of these students have seemingly conflated hurt feelings with actual outright discrimination.

The distinction is important — particularly at a moment when words like “violence,” “outrage” and “marginalization” have become little more than opportunistic jargon. Offense, while unfortunate, does not a movement make — a point wisely raised by Hillary Clinton when confronting #blacklivesmatter protesters this April.

“I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate,” she said when asked how she would undo many of her husband’s policies on crime. T

hose words could serve as a primer for this latest round of protesting millennials. Many of their concerns are certainly valid and urgent: The racial epithets, Nazi imagery and (if proven) the instances of fraternity discrimination and campus attacks.

But at their moment of peak visibility, the protesters — much like Black Lives Matter leaders before them — are already succumbing to a lack of concrete objectives and clear platforms.

From mental wellness to abortion rights, health insurance to “queer” activism, the movement’s talking points are starting to sound random and all over the map. Trendy and (to use one of their favorite buzzwords) intersectional, these issues may make for fine sound-bites, but they do little to remedy the actual grievances now under debate.

Most worrisome, by rooting these complaints almost entirely in an emotional agenda, the protesters conveniently shield themselves from a cornerstone of American liberal-arts education — self-reflection and honest critique.

Students demand “safe” spaces — so the rest of the campus feels threatening. One Yale staffer opines on contentious Halloween costumes — and the entire faculty is racially tone-deaf. A pair of Ithaca College alumnae claim they were attacked by campus security — and the school suddenly embodies the “system of institutionalized racism present on primarily white institutions all over the country.”

It all sounds good — until folks asking for proof are shut down and silenced, wantonly accused of ignoring and exploiting black pain.

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Source: New York Post |  David Kaufman

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