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Liberal New Yorker Michael Bloomberg did not win over too many of today’s college students when he dared to violate their “safe spaces.”
Some of these precious snowflakes, hoping to make it through life without being offended, sat in on the former New York mayor’s commencement address at the University of Michigan Saturday morning and booed the billionaire when he denounced “safe spaces” on university campuses.
Bloomberg was speaking about the importance of teamwork, critical thinking and conflict resolution.
“Those are the most important skills in the working world, and it’s why colleges have always exposed students to challenging and uncomfortable ideas,” he said.
“The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure groups, and shield students from these ideas through safe spaces, code words, and trigger warnings, is in my view a terrible mistake,” Bloomberg said. “The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations, not to run away from them.”
While some in attendance cheered the comment, others responded by jeering… and Bloomberg was not finished.
The gun-control enthusiast continued to show surprising rationality by taking on “micro-aggressions” — which was aptly defined once by a Columbia professor as “everyday verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to target persons.”
“A micro-aggression is exactly that, micro,” he said. “But in a macro sense, one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is the so-called safe space, because it creates a false impression that we can isolate ourselves from those who hold different views.”
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