In a time when college campus after college campus is dissolving into bands of protesters demanding political correctness at the cost of the freedom of speech and even causing some university leaders to step down, there are some students who are telling the protesters that enough is enough.
According to Campus Reform, Princeton University has been bowing to the demands for political correctness by agreeing to consider removing "Woodrow Wilson" from the campus' Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and tearing down a mural of him from the dining hall following a 32-hour standoff with student protesters. The former U.S. president once served as president of Princeton.
In an op-ed in The New York Times, the Black Justice League protesters called Wilson "an unapologetic racist."
But a student group, The Princeton Open Campus Coalition, has emerged to ask Princeton's administrators to not condone everything that Wilson did as president but to still remember his many positive contributions and his historical role at the university.
The Coalition says they don't want reason to fly out the window in the face of a mob.
They wrote to university president Christopher Eisgruber in a letter, “We are concerned mainly with the importance of preserving an intellectual culture in which all members of the Princeton community feel free to engage in civil discussion and to express their convictions without fear of being subjected to intimidation or abuse.”
Rather than shouting their demands in a rally, the student group believes that “Academic discourse consists of reasoned arguments. We simply wish to present our own reasoned arguments and engage you and other senior administrators in dialogue.”
The letter also opposes the university's decision to create "safe spaces." According to Planet Princeton, protesters demanded "dedicated space on campus for black students that is clearly marked" where they will be protected from any speech or actions they deem offensive.
The letter equates "safe spaces" with segregation.
As of Saturday morning, the Coalition's new Facebook page had garnered 2,213 likes.
Would you rather see intellectual discourse over racial issues than protests?