Two Yale professors have become the latest victims of social justice run amok. Not even the tragedy in San Bernardino was enough to shut these students up. And now, Nicholas and Erika Christakis have joined a growing collection of academics who are out of work due to this insanity.
The story of these two professors is even more ridiculous than the stories we’ve seen at Claremont McKenna and the University of Missouri, believe it or not. For one thing, this is Yale we’re talking about. Aren’t these students supposed to be the best and brightest this country has to offer? That’s a depressing thought.
The cause of the controversy is, as usual, utterly without merit. Around Halloween, there were student groups warning everyone at Yale to be careful about their costumes. Don’t offend minorities, they said. Don’t even think about it.
Professor Erika Christakis couldn’t sit idly by and watch the campus devolve into fascism. She fired off an email defending free speech, a concept that today’s young men and women apparently despise.
“Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” Christakis wrote. “American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience; increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition.”
Well, she might as well have dressed up in blackface. The students went ballistic, and her husband was caught in the line of fire. A student confronted him in the campus quad, telling him that he was failing to keep the students “safe.” Because these youngsters think that “safety” means you are free from that dreaded state of “being offended”.
Now both professors have announced they won’t be back next semester.
“I have great respect and affection for my students, but I worry that the current climate at Yale is not, in my view, conducive to the civil dialogue and open inquiry required to solve our urgent societal problems,” Erika Christakis said in an email to The Washington Post.
Will Yale be better off now that these two professors have hit the dusty trail? Will it be better off when all Halloween costumes must be pre-approved by a panel of minorities?
This is why we value free speech in the first place. Not only does it promote the honest and open exchange of ideas – not only does it prevent the government from controlling everything that is said and heard – it is also a common sense principle. When someone suggests that we should ban certain forms of expression, the first question should be: “Okay…who gets to decide which forms of expression are acceptable?”
Will it be the students who have caused so much trouble this year? Because if that’s the case, then you should feel very fortunate. You got to experience the last days of a dying dream. A dream of freedom and liberty, forged in blood two hundred years ago. Your children may never know what it was like.