This University President’s Response to a Demand for ‘Safe Spaces’ is Epic

April 12, 2017

Dr. Anne Scott, an English professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), recently came under fire for docking a point off a student’s paper for using the term “mankind” instead of “humanity.”

Now, a handful of NAU students are demanding university President Rita Cheng resign from her position, unless she deems the campus a “safe space” for students.

The declaration came during a university forum Cheng hosted to give benefactors an update on the state of the college.

“How can you promote safe spaces, if you don’t take action in situations of injustice – such as, last week, when we had the preacher on campus, and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students?” sophomore Breanna Kramer asked Cheng. “As well as not speaking out against racist incidents like blackface two months ago by student workers followed by no reform and no repercussions?”

Cheng’s response was perfect, and it probably has liberals cringing.

“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space,” Cheng refuted. “I think that you, as a student, have to develop the skills to be successful in this world, and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”

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This article was posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

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