By now, we’re all used to the trend of liberal snowflakes getting their way on college campuses. In an attempt to protect everyone’s feelings, colleges have abandoned truth and logic in favor of trigger warnings and safe spaces. As a result, American universities more closely resemble indoctrination centers than places of higher learning.
Oftentimes, the Black Lives Matter movement has spearheaded the liberal agenda on campus. It puts officials in charge in a tenuous position, as not caving to the movement is apt to get you labeled a racist. It’s not politically correct to stand up to Black Lives Matter, so the group usually gets its way. However, one college president decided enough was enough.
From the Blaze:
Black Lives Matter students at the College of William & Mary in Virginia brought a list of demands to school President W. Taylor Reveley III during a livestream Wednesday meeting.
And in a national sociopolitical climate in which it seems the wishes and demands of radical students are increasingly being granted, Reveley’s retort must have been a little hard to swallow for the roomful of activists.
“I don’t deal in demands,” he told those seated in the room with him. “I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments. … When you approach other people with a demand, instead of their ears opening and their spirit being unusually receptive, you get defensive walls erected. So I think you all need to think about it.”
The activists didn’t seem to get the point, but Reveley refused to relent:
One student took issue with Reveley: “The suggestion thing. Interesting point. But I’m going to disagree.”
“That is the beauty of the First Amendment,” he replied.
The student went on to say that when people make suggestions, others take that to mean they’re not necessary — and Reveley was quick to correct her.
“No, no, no, that’s not the way the world works,” he said “It is not effective, in my opinion, to approach other people and say ‘we demand’ unless you have the capacity to demand.”
Unsurprisingly, students didn’t react well to being rebuffed:
Other students — part of a campus group part called “Built on Our Backs” — jumped in.
“We are students, and we pay tuition to be here,” one said. “That is the reason why we are able to write these demands.”
Another student asked sharply, “So you have an issue with the way that we are phrasing this? … I think you’re missing the point … We’ve tried to be nice … It’s not working. So, if you don’t want to have issues on this campus that are affecting students of color, then you have to listen to students of color when they tell you this is what needs to happen …”
The exchange highlights how badly student’s sense of entitlement has become. Instead of engaging in a mutually beneficial discussion of ideas, students felt they had the right to issue demands. To them, paying tuition gives them the authority to get everything they want. Maybe they should try telling their professors they demand an A on their final exam as well.
Needless to say, Reveley sticking to his guns is a refreshing change of pace. It has become all too commonplace for college administrators to kowtow to the demands of entitled students. Reveley is teaching these students an important life lesson; you can’t always get what you want.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]