William Desmond, a Harvard Law student, and apparently a victim of a post-modern text generator, writes in The National Law Journal:
Although over the last few weeks many law students have experienced moments of total despair, minutes of inconsolable tears and hours of utter confusion, many of these same students have also spent days in action—days of protesting, of organizing meetings, of drafting emails and letters, and of starting conversations long overdue.
He is referring to the general trauma of those embattled ivy league law students due to the recent killings of two black men by police officers. Of course, he is arguing that he in not in fact whining, and that exams should be delayed to allows these future crafters of policy and prosecution ample time to fully recover from their “minutes of tears.”
Over at The New Yorker, law professor Jeannie Suk reports her students are having a difficult time dealing with having to discuss topics that make them the least bit uncomfortable:
One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class—as in “Does this conduct violate the law?”—because the word was triggering. Some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.
Her students are clearly bright enough to have unearthed all on their own the eldritch secret – “If you refuse to discuss a topic, that topic will then cease to exist.” It’s just like discovering calculus…
Students at Columbia Law School have been offered extensions on their final exams, as well as counseling services to assist with the existential trauma caused by the Brown grand jury decision. Harvard is clearly jealous.
All over the country college students are finding themselves unable to cope with the possibility of hearing opinions and information that conflicts with their currently-held beliefs.
These are presumably our best and brightest.
Best and brightest they may be, but seemingly possessed with as much backbone as your typical planarian. I saw the vestiges of this floppy and limpid accommodation of whining in my own college experience in the late 90’s, but hoped with childish naivete that the “adults” would step up and knock sense into my fellows.
That sense being that the inability to deal with adversity or the slightest discomfort is a handicap, not a point of pride, and certainly not something you want to crow about to others in an overwrought op-ed.
This emotional fragility is an embarrassment. If you are a college student that needs exam extensions over the Ferguson events, or would like to become a lawyer without ever hearing about laws addressing crimes that make you uncomfortable YOU are an embarrassment.
These students should consider simply staying home. The world is clearly too much for them.