Bloomberg Blasts PC Culture
Oddly enough, this week’s defense of intellectual freedom came from none other than Michal Bloomberg. The ex-Mayor of New York City slammed “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” while delivering a commencement address at the University of Michigan.
It’s interesting to hear Bloomberg rage against paternalism, especially considering that he is the same guy who wanted to ban extra-large soda cups. Nonetheless, the billionaire-turned-politician took a principled stand against political correctness.
He stood on stage in Ann Arbor, facing a crowd of sensitive college students and told them “trigger warnings” are a “terrible mistake.” He also criticized the boneheaded college administrators that are letting PC culture overtake their campuses. (Source: “Bloomberg Blasts Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings in Commencement Address,” Breitbart, April 30, 2016.)
“The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure and shield students from these ideas through ‘safe spaces,’ ‘code words’ and ‘trigger warnings’ is, in my view, a terrible mistake,” Bloomberg said. (Source: Ibid.)
So, did the college students listen? Did they realize that a billionaire entrepreneur was giving them useful advice? Of course not.
They booed. His comments were met with a light smattering of applause, but what really stood out were the boos. These spoiled kids were heckling Bloomberg for reminding them that college should be about learning new ideas.
In tone, the speech was reminiscent of another commencement address Bloomberg gave in 2013. That speech was at Harvard University, his alma mater. In it, Bloomberg pointed out the hypocrisy of today’s Social Justice Warriors.
“Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas,” Bloomberg said in 2013. “Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas, even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species.” (Source: Ibid.)
Hey, credit where it’s due, Michael Bloomberg might be an overzealous liberal elitist, but even he thinks the left has gone too far this time.
“A microaggression is exactly that: micro,” he said. “And one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is a safe space, because it creates the false impression that we can isolate ourselves from those who hold different views.” (Source: Ibid.)