It seems that some students at Brown University are learning the hard way that there’s more to college life than complaining about the white patriarchy.
Their grades are suffering because they’re so dag-gum busy protesting their school for not offering a major in Lesbian Literature Heroines that they’re neglecting schoolwork.
Hm. You’d almost think that the whole point of going to college was to get an education or something.
“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes, and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” an undergraduate student going by the pseudonym “David” told The Brown Daily Herald Thursday. “My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. Counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay.”
Dude. You’re not okay. Take it from someone who cares.
What caused our hero to lose his shart and make a confession that he’s certifiable?
Why, he protested an opposing viewpoint, of course.
David and other students began demonstrating on campus in October to protest two opinion columns published in the Daily Herald that some students deemed racist because they defended the celebration of Columbus Day. Black and Asian student groups reacted by demanding that the paper not only retract and apologize for the op-eds, but also develop a plan for increasing the diversity of its staff, subject to approval by the activists.
Following an almost-immediate capitulation by the newspaper’s editorial board, and incensed by University President Christina Paxson’s attempt to stake out a middle ground on the matter, the protesters proceeded to direct their unspent energies on the university as a whole, issuing an ultimatum in November calling for affirmative action hiring policies, mandatory diversity training, and apologies for Brown’s historical ties to the slave trade.
Trying to change the world takes so much out of a hater, doesn’t it?