“the safe spaces debate has become conflated with the debate over controversial speakers on campus”
The professors admitted that the left has been problematic when it comes to conservative speakers on campus.
Campus Reform reports:
Profs offer milquetoast defense of ‘safe spaces’ during debate
Two academics cautiously defended the concept of college “safe spaces” in a public debate last week, stopping well short of backing radical opposition to conservative speakers on campus.
University of California, Davis law professor Ashutosh Bhagwat and Wesleyan University President Michael Roth took an unconventional approach to defending campus safe spaces during an Intelligence Squared debate on June 23, acknowledging that some radical activists go “too far” in opposing controversial speakers.
“I think part of what’s going on is, the safe spaces debate has become conflated with the debate over controversial speakers on campus, usually conservative speakers, triggering protests,” Bhagwat said during the debate. “Those are separate questions.”
“I do not think—sometimes people have said that the entire campus should be a safe space, and therefore it’s the same issue,” the professor continued. “That goes too far. And they’re driven by completely different concerns.”
According to Bhagwat, the debate over campus speakers revolves around “anger over ideas that students believe—sometimes legitimately, sometimes not—to be out of bounds.”
“I think we really need to separate those two questions, because the controversial speaker stuff is complicated,” he added.
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