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‘Woke’ Liberals Prove UVA Student’s Point in Her Op-Ed About Fear to Speak Out in Case Someone Gets Offended

‘Woke’ Liberals Prove UVA Student’s Point in Her Op-Ed About Fear to Speak Out in Case Someone Gets Offended

“I also do not understand the notion that you are so afraid to speak up about your views that you write about them for your school newspaper and now you write an entire opinion piece in the NYT. But sure,” 1619 Project Founder Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted in response to the piece.

There are many “woke” college campuses across this country with absolutely toxic anti-free expression, pro-liberal groupthink environments that conservatives and other independent thinkers frequently have to endure, whether they be students, professors, guest speakers, or administrative staff.

The examples are too numerous to document in one post. Still, one recent incident involves a student at one university who took her frustrations to her student newspaper and then the New York Times.

In her guest essay, University of Virginia senior Emma Camp talked about how self-censorship was common. Her conversations with fellow students and faculty members sometimes are in hushed tones because they’re afraid they’ll be overheard by someone who might take offense:

Each week, I seek out the office hours of a philosophy department professor willing to discuss with me complex ethical questions raised by her course on gender and sexuality. We keep our voices low, as if someone might overhear us.

Hushed voices and anxious looks dictate so many conversations on campus here at the University of Virginia, where I’m finishing up my senior year.

A friend lowers her voice to lament the ostracizing of a student who said something well-meaning but mildly offensive during a student club’s diversity training. Another friend shuts his bedroom door when I mention a lecture defending Thomas Jefferson from contemporary criticism. His roommate might hear us, he explains.

Camp also noted in her write-up that she’s not even a conservative and still feels the need to watch what she says at times because of concern about what will happen if someone gets offended:

I went to college to learn from my professors and peers. I welcomed an environment that champions intellectual diversity and rigorous disagreement. Instead, my college experience has been defined by strict ideological conformity. Students of all political persuasions hold back — in class discussions, in friendly conversations, on social media — from saying what we really think. Even as a liberal who has attended abortion rights demonstrations and written about standing up to racism, I sometimes feel afraid to fully speak my mind.

At the end of her piece, Camp correctly pointed out that one of the purposes of higher ed institutions was to have rigorous debates and to have ideas challenged “in ways that allow us to grow”:

We cannot experience the full benefits of a university education without having our ideas challenged, yet challenged in ways that allow us to grow. As Ms. Sacks told me, “We need to have conversations about these issues without punishing each other for our opinions.”

Now, the woke left is very fond of virtue signaling about how “tolerant” they are of diversity and differing viewpoints, but when you have the nerve to point out that in reality, their claim is a lie, their immediate response is to … prove your point:

1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones was one. Hannah-Jones wrote a multi-tweet thread proving that she only read select portions of the piece. For instance, in the below two tweets, she completely ignored the fact that Camp wrote in her article that even liberals on campus feel the need to self-censor. Plus, Camp also wrote about how it wasn’t just about feeling uncomfortable during class discussions:

In her last tweet, Hannah-Jones did what a lot of other fauxfended leftists who read Camp’s piece did: Suggest that by her choosing to air her grievances in a nationally known newspaper like the New York Times that her complaints about feeling afraid to speak out rang hollow:

None of that considers that people who have gone through the same experiences Camp says she has will keep their feelings bottled up only for so long before they have to let it out in a very public way. That doesn’t negate that they felt they had to self-censor due to fear of being canceled.

University of Pennsylvania Department of Religious Studies Professor Anetha Butler, an MSNBC contributor who is so committed to the free exchange of ideas that she has me blocked, went the “whataboutism” route. She ended her rant with a swipe about how publishing this made the New York Times look like “the laughingstock of twitter” with the “ridiculous BS” they put out there:

I gotta say that it takes a helluva lot of chutzpah for a contributor to the Joy Reid network to be complaining about the supposed “ridiculous BS” that comes from other news outlets.

NBC News senior reporter Ben Collins mocked Camp’s article with a fake headline before he chided the Times for allegedly “capitalizing” on what he boiled down to the normalcies of college campus life:

Twitter blue check Rafael Shimunov seemed particularly obsessed with dunking on Camp, posting a thread with some 20 tweets or so that included fake headlines:

This Twitter user summed things up pretty succinctly:

The woke left are nothing if not consistently inconsistent. That’s for danged sure.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Colonel Travis | March 9, 2022 at 3:37 pm

I’ve said this before but I truly cannot understand why the alleged adults allow this to happen. I can only come up with two answers. Either they are frightened of children, which I don’t believe, or they want this irresponsibility unleashed on society, which they think will ultimately transform the population into quivering servants.

    Ghost Rider in reply to Colonel Travis. | March 9, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    They want uniformity of opinion and all to embrace the woke ideology or be ostracized and even punished with bad grades. The school went downhill fast after a Hillary Clinton friend was appointed President. And continues its downhill slide.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Colonel Travis. | March 9, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Since Dems have no principles, they want everyone to conform to a uniform ideology by any means necessary.

    Then, they can pretend to care about that ideology to whore out for all the votes, all the time. Easy work for a population of sheep.

    Yes. Take a knee, beg, good boy, girl, whatever. #HateLovesAbortion

      thetaqjr in reply to n.n. | March 9, 2022 at 9:51 pm

      If only GRIZZ could take enough left knees, It wouldn’t even be cannibalism .He’s a damn bear, ursine?

      Well, he already said he once threw up his hands.


Ghost Rider | March 9, 2022 at 4:20 pm

As a UVa alum from many years ago, I find what has happened to that school to be quite disturbing. I doubt it is the most radical college campus around, but free speech should be a sacred value at any school founded by Thomas Jefferson. The fact that the cancel culture seems to run the campus is not a surprise, and I’m sure it has been fostered and encouraged by a politically correct faculty and admin. It is just disappointing to watch a formerly great University deteriorate like this. And it is their own doing.

Steven Brizel | March 9, 2022 at 5:31 pm

The NYT lost any pretense to objectivity and being a newspaper of record years ago and is an expensive Twitter page with a long record of being soft on Communism, doing business with Nazis, ignoring the particularly Jewish aspects of the Holocaust and being virulently anti Zionist and anti Israel while supporting any and all aspects of the woke agenda. The 1619 Project and the patently false reportage on Russia-collusion were the latest illustrations of this at work

    ultraskeptic in reply to Steven Brizel. | March 10, 2022 at 9:18 am

    While all that is painfully true (though I’ve often wondered why it’s okay to be fine with the horrible flaws of Capitalism, but never to even talk about the positive aspects of Communism), Mr. Brizel makes the exact point of this article: How dare the NY Slimes take the side of justice? How dare they speak about blatant injustice? They must be silenced because some of their articles piss me off. No free speech advocacy in such diatribes.

Democracy/Dictatorship NOW (pun intended).

Formerly known as Skeptic | March 9, 2022 at 6:47 pm

If she isn’t too scared to comment about it, they claim it isn’t a problem. If she was too scared to comment about it, only then might they agree it was a problem, but no one would know (and that’s how the left likes it).

MoeHowardwasright | March 10, 2022 at 5:34 am

The response to this students opinion piece is right out of Mao’s cultural revolution. The only thing missing is the de-personing of the individual. Oh wait that’s the “cancel culture “ part. As I turn 65 this year and reflect back on the world as it is. I think about the sacrifices I made during my time in the military. Cheerfully volunteering and serving. It all seems for naught. The freedom of 47 years ago gets you canceled today. It’s really quite sad.

Let’s be clear about one thing. The phrase “woke liberal” is (arguably) an oxymoron and (certainly) a gratuitous concession to the authoritarian far left. The woke seek to crush and dominate everyone in their path. Calling them “liberals” gives the impression that they speak for those they stifle and repress.

Keiran Bhattacharya, former UVa medical student expelled from medical school for asking a question, can testify to the dangers of saying things out loud.

Now he is in the fourth year of a lawsuit costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and UVa is process-killing free speech just by virtue of forcing him to litigate just so he may talk.

This is fundamentally at odds with justice. It is contrary to our Bill of Rights. Emma Camp is right to speak fearfully and sotto voce.

The New Red Guard. This is the goal.