Just in case you’re not sure about the new take on snowflake, it’s fragile like the real thin but newly defined as “an overly sensitive person who thinks the world revolves around them…believing “they have a right to be protected from anything unpalatable.”
Like other districts, the one in Biloxi, Mississippi recently pulled To Kill a Mockingbird from its 8the grade curriculum because, said officials, “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.”
In response to the move, Julia Dent, writing for intellectualtakeout.org, says, “If the language in To Kill a Mockingbird makes 13-year-olds ‘uncomfortable’ then I assume the school district is also insisting that they stay off Twitter and never listen to rap music.”
She makes a good point, no? And she said a whole lot more, too, including…
“Many critics have lodged complaints about the Millennial generation being “snowflakes” because we’re so fragile and need safe spaces to hide away from the evil world, but not everything terrible about Millennials is our fault (and not all Millennials are terrible). Who do you think protected us from all these “uncomfortable” things to make us so fragile? And who do you think handed out all those participation trophies to make sure no one’s feelings got hurt? (Participation trophies are a waste of money and just collect dust; please stop handing them out for every little thing). If you think Millennials have life too easy or cry at even the hint of criticism, then don’t try to protect them or the next generation. Reading the n-word in a historical novel and learning the awful context behind it is a much better lesson to shape young minds than hearing it constantly used in rap songs.
Kids need to be reading books like The Grapes of Wrath and Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to help them understand the past and gain insights into human nature. Obviously, we shouldn’t be showing kindergartners graphic pictures of lynchings, but protecting them from ideas and experiences that children and teenagers can handle does more harm than good.”
But it’s not just books we’re so intent on protecting quivering “snowflake” students from. Here are two more recent examples:
- On Veterans Day, 2019, the University of Virginia canceled the 21-gun salute portion of the ceremony. As to why? James Ryan, the university’s president put it this way: “First, to minimize disruptions to classes, given that this event is located at the juncture of four primary academic buildings and is held at a time that classes are in session; and second recognizing concerns related to firing weapons on the grounds in light of gun violence that has happened across our nation, especially on school and university campuses.”A Daily Progress editorial reacted with, “It also sends an unfortunate message about students: That they are too fragile, too delicate, too distractible to deal with the ‘interruption’ of the salute. That they are too insular, too wrapped up in their own worlds to comprehend and accept this longstanding practice. That they must be protected from the reality that exists outside academia,”
- Student journalists writing for Northwestern University’s Daily Northwestern stepped in it twice this month. The first time was for their coverage of former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions invited to speak by the Northwestern University College Republicans as their fall speaker. Full-on protests followed.The second time was for then publishing an apology: “We recognize that we contributed to the harm students experienced, and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes we made that night—along with how we plan to move forward.”
Explained, Charles Whitaker, dean of the journalism school, “Social media not only intensified the pressure the students felt about their work but bulled the editorial team at the student-led paper into apologizing.”
The apologists were roundly criticized by professional journalists across the country…
Hopefully, by you, too, and, if not, why not?