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University President Under Fire for Not Supporting 'Safe Spaces'

Many colleges have bought into the idea of “safe spaces,” places where certain groups are permitted to shut themselves away from the rest of the world and not have to face the fact that the real world doesn’t work like that. The nonsense is so prevalent that even saying you don’t agree with them makes students feel “unsafe.”

Just look at what’s happening at Northern Arizona University:

During the forum, one student asked President Rita Cheng how she could support safe spaces when she doesn’t “take action in situations of injustice,” citing an incident the previous week “when we had the preacher on campus and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students.”

Cheng corrected the student, explaining that she doesn’t support safe spaces at all, according to KPNX.

“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space,” Cheng asserted. “I think that you as a student have to develop the skills to be successful in this world and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”

The NAU Student Action Coalition was infuriated by Cheng’s response, leading its members in a walkout from the meeting and demanding that Cheng be removed from her position.

Supposed young adults once again acted like children when faced with disagreement. Rather than debate the merits of safe spaces, their response was a slightly more sophisticated version of a tantrum.

Being able to rationally interact with people different from yourself or who disagree with you is a skill that is absolutely vital in today’s society. “Safe spaces” only exist as something individuals create for themselves. Your home and your social circle. Adults do this for themselves rather than demand others provide it.

Further, when schools fund safe spaces for certain groups while ignoring others, they don’t prevent conflict. Rather, they create it. They enforce a new form of segregation and prevent students from learning how to negotiate differences without violence.

It’s only a matter of time before the existence of safe spaces becomes the subject matter for a Title IX lawsuit. After all, isn’t the law supposed to provide for everyone equally? Safe spaces are anything but equal.