STUDENTS TURN THE TABLES
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Start of the new academic year brings an interesting twist to the controversy over trigger warnings.
If you don’t follow trends in higher education you may assume I’m talking about some advisory to “Lock your Glock” so a child who comes across that 9mm in your nightstand can’t fire it accidentally.
But no — nothing so prosaic as handgun safety.
Trigger warnings are alerts that a certain literary work or lecture or instructional material or classroom discussion might involve language or allude to ideas which students could find offensive, unduly provocative, even just upsetting.
Things being as they are on college and university campuses these days, this usually refers to assertions that are highly charged politically. For instance: suggestions that all men might not actually be rapists; or that females really don’t earn substantially less than males in all professions; or that members of non-white minority groups might not be fatally blocked from success in our irredeemably racist society — that sort of thing.