Friday, December 30, 2016

Campaign Aftermath: a University President Speaks

The presidential election of 2016 produced results which were a surprise, if not to everyone, then at least to many observers. Many African-American voters, Latino voters, and female voters chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton, and thereby handed the victory to President Trump.

On many university campuses, a vocal segment of the student body could not understand how Trump’s presidency would eventually benefit not only college-age citizens, but average citizens from all social classes, races, and ethnicities.

President Trump came into office, after all, due to millions of African-American and Latino voters who chose not to vote for Hillary.

Yet universities, often hailed as centers of free speech and free thought, became quite hostile to anyone who admitted to having supported Trump’s candidacy. Students who were even suspected of voting for Trump were bullied.

At the University of Michigan, at a meeting of the campus senate, university president Mark Schlissel pointed out that saturation of socialist viewpoints had removed both faculty and students from an accurate assessment of reality:

I would argue no matter how [the election] turned out, our community has an awful lot of work to do to try to understand the forces at play in our society and how we've ended up with such large degrees of polarization. Why was this a surprising result in Ann Arbor and not a surprising result in other communities around our nation? I think as an academic community, we have to ask whether we're really in touch with the full breadth of the society we're serving and how they're thinking and what's important to them. Do we have in our student body, on our faculty, and adequate breadth of diversity of thought?

Because students and faculty had been living with an illusion, the election presented a moment of disillusionment. Having silenced the viewpoints of ordinary citizens on campus, the university was surprised when those same viewpoints made themselves felt off campus - at the ballot box.

The rage of the campus socialists vented itself on the hapless Trump supporters, who merely wanted freedom of speech. Mark Schlissel, speaking of students who voted for Trump, noted that

They feel marginalized. This is a challenge for the community and they need to feel included and involved in the discussion. Their opinions need to be considered and discussed as opposed to marginalized. We need to try, I think, to have ideas included in our community for discussion that are more representative of the ideas in the world at-large as compared to the academic part of the world at-large. I think that's a way to understand what is happening in modern society – here and globally.

As the post-election lunacy accelerated, leftist students began fabricating fake “hate crimes,” and to claim that these crimes were perpetrated by Trump supporters. A woman wearing a hijab claimed that she had been assaulted.

The National Review reports that, after investigating, “Ann Arbor police lieutenant Matthew Lige” announced that the woman had filed a false police report, and that no “ethnic intimidation” or any other form of assault had occurred. Indeed, video surveillance records showed that the entire incident was a fiction.

Faked “hate crimes” are nothing new. For more than a decade, individuals hoping to identify themselves as victims have falsified evidence and filed false police reports. Such fraud reveals that the very people who want to be seen as “victims” are, in fact, the oppressors and aggressors.

The bullying, intimidation, and harassment of Trump supporters on campus is merely the latest instance of such deception.