Liberal snowflakes who can’t bear to hear differing political opinions are usually the ones who make all the noise on college campuses, but a new story from a Lutheran school in Minnesota shows that they aren’t the only students who feel marginalized.
According to College Fix, conservatives at St. Olaf College, where only a tiny fraction of students voted for anyone other than Hillary Clinton, say they feel compelled to keep their political beliefs to themselves.
From the student newspaper, the Manitou Messenger, via College Fix:
Of the 12 students interviewed by the Manitou Messenger, several have been violently threatened because of their political beliefs, and almost all of them feel as though they can’t speak up about politics on campus – in class, online or with their friends. …
On the night of the election, a student in the Pause threatened to beat up [College Republicans President Emily] Schaller, calling her a “f***ing moron.” Over the next couple of days, she overheard multiple students threaten to hurt the next conservative or Republican they saw.
The student paper relayed quite a few incidents reported by St. Olaf’s conservative students, many of whom did not even support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. One student said someone yelled, “If you voted for Trump, you better be f***ing scared,” which brought cheers and applause from everyone around her. Others said they were afraid to air their political beliefs in class, where professors devoted large portions of their lectures to ridiculing Trump. Still others decided to simply leave the school.
At least one conservative student, however, told the paper that his fellow Republicans should argue their beliefs whenever the opportunity presents itself, and simply let the chips fall where they may. He said by acting like “some oppressed minority group,” campus conservatives were engaging “in the same identity politics that already make it so hard to have constructive conversations about challenging issues.”
THAT dude has a bright future in conservative politics.
Still, we get it. It’s not easy to speak up when an entire class looks at you like you’re Osama bin Laden for daring to support the president. And it’s especially challenging when you could be hurting your own grade by doing so.
But the courage is always rewarded. Force liberal professors to kick you out of class for disagreeing with their politics. Hell, force the school to expel you, if it comes to that. It almost certainly won’t. In fact, what’s more likely to happen is that your courage will inspire someone else in the class to chime in. People are attracted to and inspired by acts of bravery – even on a small scale like this. Come prepared to debate. Use facts. No, you won’t change any minds that are set in stone, but you’ll change the culture. And you’ll get a few of the apolitical students who just go along with whatever the rest of their friends are saying.
But no, whatever you do, don’t get caught up in the left’s Oppression Olympics. Don’t wait for a safe space. Make your own safe space, and make it the entire world. That’s freedom. That’s conservatism. They can outnumber you 1,000 to 1, and it doesn’t matter. Stand up, be counted, and to hell with the critics.