Target: John B. King, Jr., Secretary of Education
Goal: Stop the overly sanitized political correctness craze from spreading through universities.
Society’s obsession with political correctness has taken something incredibly positive — the push for equal rights, acceptance and sensitivity towards all races, religions, gender identities and sexual orientations — and turned it into something negative. Specifically, colleges are obsessed with protecting students from even the slightest offenses or adversities, turning an institution that was once geared towards encouraging broader viewpoints and experiences into a “safe space” for those who cannot handle even the slightest bit of conflict.
Political correctness is, at its core, a positive thing. It is good to teach people to respect others for who they are, and to discourage hateful jokes and stereotypes that have fostered hatred and cruelty in the past. Unfortunately, some have taken this much too far, and as a result, parents are becoming afraid to let their children attend colleges where something as simple as a classic ghost, witch or monster Halloween costume is seen as an evil hate crime. They fear their children will become coddled, soft, afraid of everything.
This sort of thinking is counterproductive to the goal of acceptance and equal rights. It coddles students, shelters them from the reality that everyone is different and that the world must conform to one line of thinking. It does not promote open-mindedness. Sign this petition to demand the sanitizing of educational institutions be stopped.
Dear Mr. King,
Lately, colleges and universities are corrupting the idea of political correctness into a twisted “safe space” where students are not under any obligation to think, consider the opinions of others, face challenges, or expand their minds. This is completely counterproductive to the very concept of political correctness, which pushes for equal rights, acceptance and tolerance. Turning college into a “safe space” fosters a sense of entitlement and a closed-minded unwillingness to accept other points of view or allow people to think differently than they do. This is not acceptable, it has a negative impact on society as a whole.
We cannot let young minds be closed and molded by such narrow thinking. In order to grow as people and develop a mature standpoint, college students need to be taught to think outside their pre-conceived notions of what life is. They need to learn acceptance, how to cope with adversity, to understand that it is different opinions and viewpoints that shape this world. Please discourage any universities from sanitizing their environment. We are doing no favors to the students by allowing them to be coddled.
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