The latest menu item at Duquesne University is a big, hearty serving of triggered social justice warriors. A student senator is on a quest to convince the Student Government Association to ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant on campus over concerns that the chicken sandwich purveyor will disrupt LGBT students’ safe spaces.
SGA member Niko Martini cited the 2012 comments made by Chick-fil-A COO Dan T. Cathy opposing same-sex marriage as the reason behind his complaint.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights. I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organization that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion,” Martini told school newspaper The Duke.
The 2012 controversy compelled Chick-fil-A to halt its donations to anti-LGBT organizations, with the company announcing that it would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.” A spokeswoman for Duquesne also noted that many students had asked for a Chick-fil-A to be added to the school’s dining options.
For Duquesne’s social justice community, though, Chick-fil-A will always be problematic.
“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Rachel Coury, president of the school’s gay-straight alliance club Lambda. “So I fear that with Chick-fil-A being in Options that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk.”
Today’s college students get triggered by chicken sandwiches; let that sink in. They’re going to need a lot of Play-Doh and petting ponies to make it through this one.