In college, life can be difficult for conservative students, even without the pressure put upon them from progressives 24/7. So for students entering or continuing college, it is important to remember what these progressives think of you.
First, let it be known that you are an example of your party and your beliefs whether you like it or not. If you are vocal about your opinions, even if they only slightly differ from the progressive echo-chamber, it’s best to behave yourself. Any mistake you make can be used by the opposing side to villainize you and validate themselves. This tactic is employed by people from both sides of the aisle and even if you disagree with its use, like me, there is little you can do to stop people from doing it.
Take the story of Evergreen State College biology professor Bret Weinstein who has said himself to be “deeply progressive.” Each year for two days in the spring semester, the college holds a “Day of Absence and Day of Presence.” The college describes the events as “a day for community building around identity groups. We achieve this by voluntary identity group gatherings. People who would like to participate in Day of Absence are free to choose which identity group gathering to attend.”
The college describes the events as “a day for community building around identity groups. We achieve this by voluntary identity group gatherings. People who would like to participate in Day of Absence are free to choose which identity group gathering to attend.”
One year students decided to celebrate the day by banning white students and faculty members from entering the campus. Professor Weinstein objected and stayed on the campus anyway and was promptly surrounded and yelled at by a mob of his own students. (If you want to learn more about this event Youtuber Matt Christiansen sums up other altercations and developments.)
Keep in mind, this is just one story from one out of many liberal arts colleges across the United States. However, it shows how far students will go if they find someone who disagrees with them. Even if they identify as “deeply progressive.” If they acted this way towards their own, how will they react to an open conservative student on “their” campus?
Being a conservative on a college campus means you must be vigilant and never compulsory. Political commentator Ben Shapiro is a particular expert on how to debate the left:
In short, it is always important to remember the golden rule that we all learn as children: treat others how you want to be treated. This will proactively protect you and other conservative students who want to take the fight to the campus.