It would appear that almost everyday, we hear a new horror story come out of a college campus. Whether it’s boys being kicked out over mere accusations, and with zero due process, or students gathering en masse to intimidate others, the whole college scene has become tainted.
One unlikely student in particular was awakened to this fact when attempted to attend a joint speech featuring Milo Yiannopolous, and Christina Hoff Sommers at University of Minnesota.
Mahad Olad is native to Kenya, and a high school student who is about to enter college life. He describes himself as “progressive,” and has been praised for his youth activism and support of LGBT causes. He’s pro-abortion, even using the abortion activist’s term “reproductive health” when speaking about it. But one thing he’s not is closed minded. He wants to hear opposing viewpoints.
Sadly, when attempting to see the lectures given by Yiannopolous and Sommers, he ran into something that shocked him; the behavior of social justice adherent college students. Olad penned an article for The College Fix about his experience.
“A raucous demonstration prevented me from even getting inside the door. The unruly protest included a throng of students holding signs and shouting that the university was supporting ‘transphobic hate speech’. They chanted ‘trans lives matter’ and ‘end rape culture’.”
Olad finally made it in.
“I finally managed to make my way into the event – 90 minutes after it began – missing most of it and feeling frustrated, confused and concerned. That evening I had something of an epiphany.”
Olad was not sure how these students, who often preached tolerance and open mindedness, could square their words with their behavior. He was disappointed, as he was under the impression that college was a place to have your views questioned. Instead, he found students no platforming those whom they disagreed with.
“Young people pride themselves on being inclusive to other forms of opinion and for encouraging others to have open minds towards people of different genders, sexualities, and ethnic backgrounds. But what we’re finding to be true is that those who are encouraging a more inclusive atmosphere are only encouraging viewpoints that they themselves find to be true.”
Olad and I obviously disagree on many an issue, however, when it comes to free speech, he has the right of it. His disgust that he describes in his article is valid, and his fear that things have gone too far is warranted. People are facing, not just ridicule, but violence for their opposing beliefs.
“College is supposed to be a place where people with various backgrounds and beliefs come together to better their education. Individuals should be able to speak freely about their views without having a witch hunt against them for uttering words that make a person feel even slightly uncomfortable. That principle should be applied to both sides of the debate.”
It’s good to see there are students like Olad that exist. It’s my hope, and likely the hope of everyone outside of the social justice bubble, wake up as he did when he was given a first-hand look at the nastiness that campus activism has become.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brandon Morse has been writing about politics and culture across many websites for the last six years, with a heavy emphasis on anti-authoritarianism. Aside from writing articles, he is also known for voice acting and authoring scripts. He is an avid gamer, dog person, and has a bad habit of making vague references to things no one has heard about or seen. Follow him at @TheBrandonMorse on Twitter.
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