Sunday, August 28, 2016
The History of "Safe Spaces" and "Trigger Warnings"
In light of places like Yale having speakers canceled because of people being “triggered”, and having the Wesleyan paper antagonized because there wasn’t a “safe space” for the opinions of coloreds on the front page of the paper, the University of Chicago made a classy move and said it did not support “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings”.
Back in the good old days, there was always a “trigger warning” for people who had mental disabilities and couldn’t function in society: it was staring at the mass grave in front of you while heard the person next to you being systematically executed by a kind rifleman. Ironically, people didn’t like the “safe spaces” known as insane asylums, which were so kind as to accommodate the people who needed such safety for the entirety of their lives.
The world has never been a “safe space”. If colored people need to have their opinion on the front page of every paper, then at the same rate the Islamic State needs a “safe space” on the front of that damn paper as well, because nobody seems to respect their ideas either.
Rather than being someone who is up in arms over how to accommodate people who are so entitled that they think every mental disability, including being afraid of or upset by written words of all things, can be accommodated in a place of higher learning; maybe people should be trying to provide a “safe space” for children in war torn countries that have to walk through active minefields in order to get to elementary school, maybe send some of those “caring” people to put some “trigger warnings” on every land mine they find. Sadly, this would actually accommodate education in both this country and in the third world, so it is unlikely that it will get any support.
If this “triggered” you, it looks like society is not a “safe space” for you and you should look for an alternative like the ones mentioned above.