What has happened to the youth? That is a question that many people are asking across the country. The youth used to represent promise for a better tomorrow, but with what we are witnessing on college campuses lately I am not sure we could last another generation.
This past election has shown the those with common sense how bad it truly is out there. Young adults are throwing temper tantrums, searching for safe spaces, and wearing safety pins just because their candidate did not win. It seems that instead of it starting to die down these absurd antics are only continuing.
Take for example an incident that happened at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, where the police have actually been contacted over a post-it note.
A message mocking students for grieving over Donald Trump’s election victory is being investigated as a hate crime at Edgewood College.
According to a letter sent out by Vice President for Student Development Tony Chambers, a student at the college started a campaign to let students and others express their feelings about the outcome of the election by placing notes on a table in the commons.
One note—bearing the phrase “Suck it up, pussies!”—was placed on the inside window of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, eliciting outrage within the traumatized academic community.
“A great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff resulted, especially for those that gather in the [office space],” Chamber asserted. “The message was hateful and harmful toward members of our community. It violated every value that this institution considers to be at its core.”
In response to the incendiary note, staff from the student conduct, human resources, Title IX, and diversity offices were brought together so they could decide how to respond to the “hateful message.”
Here is the entire text:
Dear Community Members:
Over the past week, there have been increasing reports of hateful acts on college and university campuses across the country. Covert micro-aggressions and overt macro-aggressions appear to have taken on new fervor in higher education since our national election. To be clear, these types of acts have been on the rise for many years, however, the frequency, boldness, and severity with which hateful acts have been occurring recently has, for many, signaled a new era of intolerance, fear and mistrust in higher education, as well as throughout our nation.
Edgewood College is not immune from such matters. Last weekend, our campus was visited by an act of cowardly hatred. One of our students initiated a process by which students (…and others) could express their feelings about the election outcome by writing their feelings on a sticky note and placing them on a table located in Wingra Commons. Many intense emotions were shared on the sticky notes representing various perspectives. From a review of the responses, this attempt at providing an avenue for sharing seemed to be a success.
Unfortunately, in a targeted act of intimidation and cowardice this past weekend, someone chose to post a sticky note message on the inside window of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (OSDI) in Predolin Hall. A great deal of fear, sadness, and anger among students, faculty, and staff resulted — especially for those that gather in the OSDI space. The message was hateful and harmful to members of our community. It violated every value that this institution considers to be at its core.
A group of cross-functional college staff representing campus security, student conduct, human resources, Title IX enforcement, and diversity and inclusion measures convened Tuesday morning to discuss how to address the hateful message. The group determined that the message constituted a Hate Crime, based on guidelines from the Jeanne Clery Act and state law. In accordance with the policies and procedures set forth in the Edgewood College Student Code of Conduct, this incident has been reported to the Madison Police Department and is currently being investigated as a Hate Crime. Further, the crime will be reported through our institution’s Clery Act obligation and is also being investigated through the College’s Student Conduct Process.
Seriously, this is being investigated as a hate crime? They lost the election and now they need to move on instead of being indulged. However, that is exactly the problem right now with these young adults. They were not taught how to handle losing or any major disappointment when they were younger. Instead, they were given trophies, taken out to eat, shopping sprees and whatever else. They never learned how to deal with the agonizing feeling of being defeated, and how to pick yourself off and try it again, and because of that, we have this.
I am not sure if we can change this generation, but we can sure as hell change the one coming up now. Hopefully, my daughter and the rest of her generation will be able to turn the tide and help make America great again.
What do you think?
H/T [ Campus Reform ]