Everyone’s talking about the Trump hat incident at Calgary’s Mount Royal University. It seems special snowflake safe space advocate Zoe Slusar was triggered when she came across student Matt Linder wearing a Make America Great Again cap in the hallway.
When Zoe’s thought policing arguments broke down, her next move was to threaten to get the President of the school involved and call in the officials!
Except, here’s what the President said in a statement about the incident:
“I have seen the video and want to emphasize that I believe, both as an individual and as the president of Mount Royal University, freedom of speech is fundamental to post-secondary institutions and to society as a whole. Universities play a critical role in society as places where students and other groups can share and listen to different perspectives in a respectful and peaceful way. We will continue to protect this freedom of expression."
Do university students believe their places of study are safe spaces that should be devoid of intellectual debate, free from the experience of being introduced to new ideas? Do they believe that freedom of expression should be suppressed, even if they find it offensive?
I went to Mount Royal University to ask students what they thought about the incident, whether they thought the university should be a safe space and who they would support in the American election if they were able to vote.
Overall, the answers surprised me. I was expecting to be greeted by a bunch of social justice warriors but the responses were contrary to what we’re being led to believe by reports coming out of universities lately.
We hear stories of young people triggered by the smallest things but the students I spoke with, no matter who they were voting for, valued free speech which had me wondering if millennials are more freedom orientated than they’re portrayed.