The News from Australia is grave, ‘A university student who raised her hand in a meeting was accused of violating “safe space” rules because the gesture could have intimidated others.‘
The Question of course is who would be intimidated by such a thing? Raise your hand to go to the bathroom in grade school, answer a question in High School but raise it in University and boom, a lethal weapon to be discouraged at all costs.
Here in North America we have numerous incidents where speakers in Universities have been bullied away by those who feel they are right and they alone have the right opinion and the only ones to be allowed to speak.
How is it that we have created a generation of people who insist no view but their own is allowed to be discussed? That pre-ordained ideas are the only ones allowed? The cause quite obviously is the idea that there is no acceptable level of insult or worse, discomfort an individual is expected to endure.
When we give out participation medals for sports events, when papers are not graded upon how well the students do just pass or fail or good effort, we set up this future-adult for a lifetime of failure, of being incapable of dealing with dissent: a vital feature of Western Civilization – speaking out against the powerful, the ensconced, the embedded status quo.
This idea makes that generation the most pliable and easily gulled set of individuals in Western history. These types of people will never be for equality or justice, only themselves like their hypocrite predecessors among the baby-boomers who have foisted this incredibly inequal and heavily censored world upon us. For those of us from later generations who saw the plundering the boomers did, the lies, we will end censorship! legalize drugs!, and then they did not, it is a heart-breaking story. The boomers wiped out a whole generation from the media, Gen X, creating one of the most distorted histories ever of the 1980’s decade, so it is not surprising they would also choose to cripple their children so they can maintain their own illusions over reality.
University of Edinburgh student Imogen Wilson breached ‘safe space’ rules for raising hand
A university student who raised her hand in a meeting was accused of violating “safe space” rules because the gesture could have intimidated others.
Imogen Wilson, vice-president of academic affairs at the University of Edinburgh Students’ Association, was threatened with expulsion from a student council meeting after a “safe space complaint” was made against her.
Ms Wilson, 22, used supposedly inappropriate hand gestures by raising her arm. According to the association’s rules, which are similar to those at other universities, meetings need to be in a space that is welcoming and safe. Rules prohibiting discriminatory language and actions compel students to refrain “from hand gestures which denote disagreement”.
Ms Wilson said that she raised her arm in disagreement after being accused by another speaker of failing to respond to an open letter, despite having made efforts to contact its authors. A vote was taken on whether to eject Ms Wilson from the room, but the motion was defeated by 33 votes to 18. She was threatened with another complaint after shaking her head while someone was speaking.
She said that she believed safe space rules had been used as a political tool against her after she spoke out against antisemitism. “I totally do believe in safe space and the principles behind it,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “It’s supposed to enhance free speech and not shut it down and give everyone a chance to feel like they can contribute.
“Safe space is essential for us to have a debate where everyone can speak, but it can’t become a tool for the hard left to use when they disagree with people.”
The incident happened during a discussion of BDS, the movement to boycott Israel. Ms Wilson opposed the boycott, fearing that it would encourage antisemitism on campus. The safe space complaint was made after she made her speech, she said. The university has since voted to boycott Israel.
Charlie Peters, a student at Edinburgh, said that censoring hand gestures was pathetic. He has started a petition calling on the student union to “reinstate and defend free speech”. It has attracted more than 1,000 names.
Last October, students at Oxford started a petition to prevent Germaine Greer speaking there. They said that she held “extremely transphobic” views. Greer, author of The Female Eunuch, told an audience at Cambridge that transgender women were not women because they did not know what it was to have a vagina. She has been quoted as dismissing the idea of “transphobia” and in 2009 wrote that people who wore feminine clothes and thought they were women were a “ghastly parody”.
Students at Canterbury Christ Church University opposed an invitation to Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner, saying that he was racist and transphobic.
On his website Mr Tatchell posted a link to a rally aiming to improve freedom of speech on campus. It said: “We are deeply concerned by the increasing attempts by the National Union of Students and its affiliated student unions to silence dissenters — including feminists, apostates, LGBTI rights campaigners, anti-racists, anti-fascists and anti-Islamists — through its use of no-platform and safe space policies.
“We stand against all prejudice and discrimination. We agree that free speech does not mean giving bigots a free pass. A defence of free speech includes the right and moral imperative to challenge, oppose and protest bigoted views.”