Stop whining and “cowboy up,” David French tells campus conservatives and Christians, who complain that they’re “silenced” or “afraid” to express their views. Students complain they’ll be ridiculed by their professors or attacked by their classmates if they speak up. French, formerly of FIRE and now director of the Alliance Defense Fund’s Center for Academic Freedom, tells students not to complain unless they’re facing real censorship.
. . . here is what these folks are really saying: “There are many things that I value far more than my conservative (or, sadly, Christian) principles, including the regard of all my peers, the ease of my academic career, and feeling welcome and accepted during the Thursday-Sunday party circuit. Please change the university so that I can speak my mind without any cost or consequence.”
I have two words for these people: Cowboy up. . . . If you are afraid professors won’t grade you fairly, put them to the test and respond appropriately if their bias manifests itself (you’ll be surprised how well you might do). If you don’t think people will like you, grow a thicker skin and see what happens. I still have dear lefty friends from my law school days, and I never pulled any punches in my conversations with them (and still don’t). But, above all. Stop whining. Please.
Nobody has the right not to be offended, writes Erin O’Connor at Critical Mass.