It’s So Easy to Offend Students’ Feelings


It’s no longer just conservatism that’s a problem on college campuses: now we’ve got students objecting to things that just remind them of conservative ideas. The Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University passed a resolution stating that Chick-fil-A is not welcome on the campus, because the restaurant’s presence would cause “microaggressions” against the campus gay community. The students said that they vehemently oppose the CEO of Chick-fil-A speaking out against gay marriage, and they were concerned that gay students might have to walk past a campus Chick-fil-A. By the way, there has never been any plans whatsoever to build a Chick-fil-A on the Johns Hopkins campus. Yes, you heard that right. These kids are so terrified of Chick-fil-A that they came up with this entire scenario on their own.

But what’s all this “microaggression” stuff? Microaggression is the current favorite boogeyman of the left. It’s defined as invisible racism or unintended discrimination, something you’re not even aware you’re doing. It’s any everyday exchange that might accidentally send a negative message to a minority group. Microaggression is an alarming concept, because there’s no way to defend yourself: part of the definition is that you didn’t even know you were doing it. It’s all about how others interpret your words and actions, and it lets liberals jump to ridiculous conclusions.

Microaggression is all about feelings, and if gay students walk past a Chick-fil-A and remember that the CEO opposes gay marriage, that might hurt a student’s feelings. This raises the obvious question of whether it’s still okay to have students on campus who oppose gay marriage. At a student government meeting, a Catholic student asked whether conservative students are still welcome at Johns Hopkins. Student leaders said, of course they are, but I wonder how long that can last in this threatening environment.

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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

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