“I am threatened for my speech so much so that I now fear to speak freely and voice my conservative beliefs”
Jessica Costescu is a junior at Georgetown. She claims that she has been threatened by leftists students for decrying communism and holding conservative views.
She writes at the College Fix:
My parents fled communism decades ago. But at my elite D.C. university, the ideology is alive and well.
In the 1970s, my father fled Romania, was thrown into a communist labor camp in Yugoslavia, beaten by guards there, and starved. He eventually got out, made his way to Austria, and applied for asylum to the United States.
It was a difficult journey, but if you ask him he would say he’d do it all again in a heartbeat for the price of free speech and personal freedom.
So it’s ironic — and frankly frightening — that as his daughter attending one of the country’s top universities in the capital of our country, that I am threatened for my speech so much so that I now fear to speak freely and voice my conservative beliefs.
As a junior at Georgetown University, I have been cyberbullied by my peers in such a menacing way that I am now afraid to engage online, or even during class, with my left-leaning peers.
This is a relatively new experience because my freshman and part of my sophomore year were completely online due to COVID. While we had online conversions and group discussions, there was no apparent aggression due to the apathy that the virtual education world produced.
When I arrived in Washington D.C. last spring, I was excited to finally have the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions with students of various backgrounds and beliefs. What I quickly discovered, however, is that on campus there is an overwhelming feeling of fear and oppression regarding what you say if you hold conservative beliefs.
Left-leaning students are extremely outspoken, threatening, intimidating, passive aggressive and rude, because they see conservative beliefs as personally offensive and a threat to their world view of being a victim.
Case in point: In October, I was told by some students I am no longer “safe” on campus. In particular, a series of threats was directed at me for simply liking a pro-freedom comment. Some peers commented that they will “find me” on campus.
“I’m sensing menacing activities” and “I’m 10000% in support of making someone’s life hell” were some of the veiled threats against my safety.
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