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Suzanne Sharer

Opinion: University of Arizona job designed to protect college snowflakes from words

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It used to be that the deserts of Arizona were once too hot to keep snow around for long.

But thanks to the University of Arizona, through the creation and implementation of a program that hires students to become social justice advocates (aka activists), the snowflakes may have found a safe haven from meltdowns in the deserts of Tucson.

The university’s website lures these young toadies into their clutches with illusions of grandeur as being “recognized as a top percentile student leader on campus” for a whopping $10 per hour.

All that they need do to be so highly esteemed it to spy on their fellow classmates and report nasty microaggressions, thus sparing their fellow snowflakes from meltdowns and themselves, no doubt, barred from any good campus parties.

So what exactly does such a program look like? According to the job description (the website was unavailable at the time of posting), a social justice advocate would be “responsible for instituting monthly programmatic efforts within the residence halls that focus specifically on social justice issues, including the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity.”

These little snowflake patrols are also tasked to “create an environment that enables Residence Life student leaders to dialogue around topics related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice; increase awareness and knowledge of diverse identities and how they influence interactions; promote inclusive communities through positive interactions and increase resources available for staff on topics relating to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice; report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff.”

The SIA must also “have a moderate knowledge and understanding of social justice issues.”

I wonder where they get this understanding? Bill Maher or maybe Stephen Colbert, perhaps?

“The position also aims to increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency, and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding, and acceptance of differences,” the job description continued.

Is there any concern for who is deciding what is or is not a problem on campus that needs to be reported? Is this not really Brainwashing 101?

We are living in a time when it is fine in one instance to say certain words or be free to express individual ideas and thoughts but in other instances it is not.

The truth is, words and speech — no matter who says it or what is said — are always OK. It is called freedom of speech and it is a protected right as an American citizen given freely to us by God. This lesson is being left out on purpose.

The halls of academia have become a haven of spin, a habitation for confusion and an abode where new meanings are assigned to words and thoughts. This turns our youth into quivering masses of fear by simply mentioning the latest buzzwords or ideas that has been deemed as hate.

Our free speech has been paid for with a heavy price. In fact, it is priceless, as it was given to us by brave men and women who volunteered their time, treasure and even their lives. Yet the death of free speech is happening in publicly funded institutions.

When will we wake up and realize that college kids may be our children, but they are not kids. They vote, they go to war and they have adult privileges.

It is time we stop the schools from teaching them to cower at words and thoughts. College should be the time to grow the hell up, get out of their safe spaces and act like the adults that they are.

As my mom taught me: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

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