Well, there's finally some good news to report in the area of higher education. Between April 17th and 23rd, 872 undergrads were surveyed by the polling firm McLaughlin & Associates on behalf of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program. They discovered that "72% of respondents oppose the idea of Yale having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty while 16% favor the idea." The Wall Street Journal explains why this is a good development:
These findings are particularly encouraging because in 2015 Yale became infamous for some hypersensitive students who were unable to tolerate Halloween costumes. The costume kerfuffle and the recent removal of the name of alumnus John C. Calhoun from a residential college at Yale were among the campus events that inspired a recent episode of “The Simpsons.” In the fictional Fox sit-com, a Yale administrator informs a wealthy alumnus that “our students are highly entitled wusses.” Another Yale official then urges the alum to fund a chair in the “non-narrative cinema of self-identified pansexuals.” But the new poll suggests that the intolerant few who publicly berated Yale faculty over Halloween costumes—and even forced the resignation of those who wouldn’t embrace their extremism—do not speak for most Yale undergrads.
The "Halloween costume" incident happened in 2015, when a professor's email suggested college kids should be able to choose their own Halloween costumes. Campus chaos ensued. One girl screamed at a professor for not making Yale a “safe space” and then she added, "“Who the fuck hired you?” Regrettably, the professor at whom the shrieking girl was screaming left Yale, as did his wife who wrote the offending email.
It's ridiculous that Yale let these talented people be driven away from campus by emotionally unbalanced students: the lunatics are now running the asylum. However, this new study should give Yale students a little encouragement. ost students don't bow down to the altar of identity politics. Let's call them the "silent majority." Hopefully, this survey will be just the encouragement they need to speak up against the insanity of political correctness run amok.
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