Opinion - Northwestern’s Political Correctness Encroaches on Student Freedoms, Such as Stalking
We’ve all heard it: “College is a place where students need to feel safe.” Sounds great, right? But when students’ feelings get in the way of our rights, as I believe they have, that’s when it goes too far. Northwestern’s extreme left has demonized some of my favorite, perfectly innocent hobbies, like secretly taking pictures and videos of people as I follow them around campus.
If you lefties weren’t so busy with your politically correct “Bernie” this, and “don’t hit that young boy” that, maybe you’d have read a little book called the Constitution. That little Constitution actually guarantees me the right to liberty, meaning I am free to sit on this branch and photograph the heck out of any hunk or babe who walks by. It’s the law.
These professors and administrators put their pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us (believe me, I’ve watched 36 of them dress), but they claim some kind of moral high ground. Why is it that they can teach us about History, but I can’t stalk? Or use proceeds from selling my stalking pictures to buy more equipment, like the ATN PVS7 Gen 3 Goggle (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, the F1.2, 26mm lens is worth the extra weight when climbing). And after they ban stalking, what comes next? Will they reject our right to take items from Whole Foods without paying? Tell us we can’t vandalize the Alice Miller Chapel? In the words of Northwestern’s lawyers, the school “condemns stalking, because it puts students and professors at risk.” If you want the translation of this politically correct mumbo-jumbo, here it is: “We won’t let you participate in the great American pastime of stalking because we hate freedom. Blah Blah Blah, we are lame.”
Here’s the thing. No matter how many programs these Snowflakes create to spread their communist agenda (think TNDs, SESP, American Eagle’s ‘no loitering’ policy), they will ultimately fail to extinguish the bold candle of liberty. They may have the majority on their side, but I have the founding fathers, and all this equipment I bought to stalk people with. I’ll take those odds.