Colleges all over the country are tripping over themselves in the rush to prove they are more progressive than every other university in the country. Whether they manifest this contest through tearing down statues of “racist” people of the past or through giving inane protesters their every demand, it’s having an enormous effect on free speech, educational standards, and the development of tomorrow’s American leaders.

As the displays of cultural liberalism get more and more outrageous, we start getting numb to the less-absurd stories of socialist encroachment. After all, it’s impossible to keep up with all the silliness. When you have actual anarchists rioting over a conservative speaker in Berkeley, a story like this one from Ohio State University almost seems quaint. But that’s how they get you. While you’re shaking your head in disbelief about this insanity over there, they start normalizing the little stuff over here. Before you know it, things that would have seemed unthinkable just a few years ago start to sound…well…normal.

But it’s not normal. So let’s be vigilant when it comes to even the smallest examples of liberal BS.

The story, in this case, is that resident advisers at OSU are being forced to attend a series of social justice seminars before writing a 1,200 word essay about what they learned. And we imagine there will be no room for criticism in those essays. Not if you want to be an RA, anyway. Perhaps not even if you wish to stay on campus. These colleges don’t like to have their special social justice theories contradicted. That basically amounts to hate speech, don’t you know?

“Many topics and interests can have a social justice or diversity lens applied to it,” say OSU’s new certification guidelines. “For example, if you are interested in TV and movies, you can look at the representation of certain identities in the media (e.g. people with disabilities, LGBT characters, etc.). If you are interested in food you can cook a meal from a certain culture with your residents and include a discussion of the history of that dish/cuisine and how it has changed over time.”

Ooh, gotta be careful with that last one, prospective RAs. You don’t want to get accused of cultural appropriation.

In today’s political climate, it’s hard to tell the difference between those colleges actively pushing this nonsense and those colleges that are just trying to cover their own you-know-whats. But in the end, it makes little difference. This show of cultural inclusion doesn’t help anyone in any tangible way. It just serves up another round of leftist indoctrination to students who don’t know what they’re being fed.