Trigger Warnings And The Myth Of Over Sensitive Students
Kimberly Dark

. Safe spaces on college campuses is indeed a product of an over-sensitive generation accompanied by the poison that is political correctness. What is the purpose of bettering yourself through education if that does not include hearing opposing view points; what is the purpose of universities if not to get you ready for the blatantly obnoxious boss and his utter lack of care for the feelings of his employees you will surely have one day (your boss will not honor your discomfort). Safe spaces, trigger warnings and the like are ways to coddle the adults who are still emotional children and the bigots who use this fake social enlightenment as a cloak to hide their bigotry and legitimize reasons not to hear well-founded criticisms. When dozens of students need immediate counseling upon seeing “Trump 2016" written in chalk on their college campus, then perhaps you can see why it remains a laughable spectacle to call oversensitivity on college campuses a myth.

. And I see you, too, have sided with the “I’m insulted, huge me” mindset where it is quite fashionable to falsely condemn others of racism, sexism and islamaphobia (among others) when all you heard was that the Black Lives Matter movement does not address real African American issues, modern day feminism has turned into a joke, and that Islam may be an ideology that oppresses women and gives birth to extremist ideas. Though all three of these statements are arguably true, I have heard dozens of “safe spacers” condemn them of being hate speech, thereby bringing to light the question of whether or not free speech is compatible with such an asinine, overly-sensitive concept.

. In the rhapsody of the imagination of these people, they have discovered a world where every aspect of society was meant to be offensive; and when their sorrows are questioned and their nonsensical stances attacked, they cling ever so hardly to the ideas of self-oppression and victim-playing. Because the need for actual hate speech does not meet the demand in the year 2016, the intellectually inept and the emotionally challenged needed to expand the definition and include in it, more often than not, any opposing ideology beyond theirs. It is in the end counterproductive above all else. I am reminded of a case when a safe space proponent — indeed the mother of all these irrational children — attempted to introduce trigger warnings in classrooms where even the slightest mention of war, whether they be ancient or modern, would include a “warning” for the sake of those who suffer from PTSD. What this woman did not know, however, was that these warnings would in fact hurt the poor souls suffering from PTSD by worsening their symptoms. The best thing, in reality, for someone with PTSD is to come across subtle reminders, thereby realizing that any of the fears they may be clinging on to are bereft of any actual threat. The best thing would then be for people to get over non-offensive comments

I realize, Kimberly, that your stance on this issue comes from a warm, compassionate heart above all else; and that you have in fact neither the want nor the need to deny anyone their first amendment right. It is the unfortunate, indeed bitter truth, however, that safe spaces will eventually lead to a generation of Americans — perhaps following the ignorance is bliss motto — who will censor and deny truths and won’t be able to function in society, namely because they have been molly-coddled by the very institutions that were meant to sculpt them with a level of emotional maturity and open-mindedness that they will surely need in the years to come. You’re sweet, but you’re also wrong.

Kimberly Dark

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