Friday, April 5, 2019

Spartans No More

            “One evening last September, a Michigan State University student awoke from his nap to see his roommate sitting at his computer,” The College Fix reported recently. The roommate was doing something so vile that the student filed a complaint with the school’s administration and wanted to be assigned a new roommate.
Was the roommate watching child porn? Bestiality? ISIS beheading videos? Was he perhaps cheating on a test, hacking into DNC computers, or attempting to surreptitiously affect an election result? Was he colluding with the Russians?
None of the above. It was worse. He was watching a video of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaking. Think of the shock, anger, disorientation, fear and revulsion the student must have felt awakening to his roomie watching Shapiro, who holds many traditional Judeo-Christian views in high regard!  
The student, who has obviously never listened to the well-spoken and well-meaning Shapiro, stated in the report he wrote condemning his roommate: “Ben Shapiro is known for his inflammatory speech that criticizes and attacks the African American community. I thought hate had no place on MSU’s campus yet MSU has roomed me with someone who supports hate speech [sic].”
No. MSU “has roomed” his roommate with someone who disdains those who don’t share his views, and who traffics in hate “speach” for no reason other than that. Namely, the student lodging the bias complaint, who is hopefully not majoring in communication.
The school instructed a bias reporting system “investigator” to try to effect a room change at the student’s request. The school’s bias protocol states, “It is essential that the victim receive support immediately after the incident and be made aware of the resources available to assist with any emotional, mental, and/or physical impact. MSU strongly encourages campus community members to take an active role in reporting bias incidents and hate crimes in order to ensure an inclusive and welcoming campus for all.” The campus is certainly not inclusive of—or welcoming to—students who hold traditional values.
Which is perhaps especially sad for a school whose nickname is the “Spartans.” Here are Merriam-Webster’s definitions of Spartan: a) “marked by strict self-discipline or self-denial.” b) “marked by simplicity, frugality, or avoidance of luxury and comfort.” C) “laconic” d) “undaunted by pain or danger.” I challenge you to think of any terms less applicable to today’s college students, who are typically self-indulgent ignoramuses glued to their expensive smart-phones, cowering in fear of alternative ideas while running for their safe spaces.
What fun and engaging places college campuses are today! Everyone lurking around waiting to turn someone else in for a bias “incident.” Makes one long for the halcyon days of the East German Stasi. (Come to think of it, the Stasi may have been the precursor to today’s Democratic-Socialist Party).
Radical progressive speakers and agitators are ubiquitous on college campuses, as are pro-abortion demonstrations and “anal sex weeks,” but “misgendering” someone or watching Ben Shapiro in the privacy of your own room is strictly verboten. Incredible.
We know what happened to Rome. Et tu, Spartans?
Et tu, America?

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