Several universities are considering a ban on the rather insignificant social media app Yik Yak, which allows anonymous posting to a local bulletin board as:
“People have been saying some very racist, very hurtful things,” (senior, Ashley Winkfield)
Because god forbid our tender 18 – 25 year olds are confronted with any opinions that they may not share.
Little Ashley is scared, because:
“These are people we are going to class with, people who we see every day, and they might have some type of ill will toward us,”
And it’s all anonymous! So we can’t even alert the Miniluv that there are students, I say students right here at this very institute of higher learning, that are thinking wrong thoughts!
We’re in need of some reeducation, right here in River City. Give me a moment while I fan myself and give my pearls a good clutch.
You know what will stop people from having and expressing crimethink?
Mostly, they’re not 100% effective.
What I wonder, is why we’ve failed Ashley so profoundly that she thinks that other students who think things that she finds repugnant pose an actual danger to her. I understand the feeling, in a sense, she thinks because she does not have the self control to simply stop looking at a completely voluntary app where she sees things she doesn’t like, that other students also share the same total lack of agency.
Clearly someone who dislikes black people (or trans people, or Martians, or what have you), for whatever reason, is on the verge of decompensating into a hemorrhaging fount of racism at any second that will infect everything around them.
Of course, it is entirely impossible that someone could dislike, or even hate a segment of the population, and do exactly nothing about it but bitch and whine.
It’s when people aren’t even allowed to harmlessly bitch and whine that they start getting really mad.
Fortunately someone at Duke apparently has a lick of sense:
“On this campus and I think on most, what we tell students is freedom of expression, even offensive freedom expression, is what we cherish,” Duke Student Affairs Vice President Larry Moneta said.
I don’t know what else it is but terrifying when young people, en masse, seem to be unable to tolerate the idea that free speech is not important when we all agree on something – It’s important for the things that you detest hearing.
You can claim to care about freedom of speech when you can grit your teeth and defend the most vile and reprehensible speech you can think of. Anything less than that and you may as well sign up for the Thoughtpol and man the reeducation camps.
For Ashley, I suggest she move home with her parents until she’s capable of facing the real world.