When I applied for Columbia College Chicago in early 2016, I understood that I was heading to one of the most liberal universities in Illinois. I chose Columbia College Chicago because, as a musician, I was looking for a strongly diverse community of creative, musical people determined to carve a successful path in the arts community. I’m in the beginning of my sophomore year now, but I can truly say that I have seen firsthand that this university is a radical, leftist machine of conformity, intolerance and indoctrination—all contrary to its professed values of diversity and inclusion.
Fall of 2016 was obviously a tense time in the country because the election was coming to a close. Each class, even ones having nothing to do with politics, were made excessively political. For example, a course about Chicago music was based not on the history of Chicago music and what made it great but rather the sociopolitical and cultural issues which influenced that music. Everything was made to be about racism, classism, sexism and homophobia with the unequivocal, underlying problem being white men.
I sat through many different classes as middle-aged white male professors demonized no one else but middle-aged white men. The frightening part was how “white men” was said with such contempt, such anger. It was uniformly agreed upon that “the straight white male has a monopoly in the United States-” a direct quote from a professor in a class titled Writing and Rhetoric.
Many courses required by the university have little to no curriculum dictated through a universal standard, which permits professors to design the class in whichever way they chose and many chose to have a platform to spew their political views. Donald Trump was frequently alluded to in offhand comments, and all but one of my instructors were unrestrained when sharing their thoughts on Donald Trump.
When Trump won the election, I thought I could enjoy and celebrate, but I quickly drowned in the valley of liberal tears. The student body was treated like kindergarteners, with the President of the university sending out an email expressing his outrage, assuring us that we were safe and affirming that Columbia College Chicago will not stand for bigotry. A 12:30 p.m. class that Wednesday had about half the students missing, and my Thursday class was spent venting our frustrations for the whole hour and a half. One girl left the class crying.
Moving ahead to this year, it began with the President sending out a welcome email for the Fall 2017 semester, but his message was merely a political statement of fear-mongering, making it seem as if neo-Nazis and the KKK were going to invade the campus at any given moment. In a class called Oral Expression, we had to go around the room like preschoolers and announce our gender pronouns after someone’s gender was inaccurately assigned to them by the professor.
Could you imagine World War II veterans attending college under the GI Bill being told to stand up and tell the class if they wish to be a boy or girl? Somehow, I don’t think that would have gone over well.
On another note, since I had a considerable interest in politics and the media, I switched my major to journalism within the first week of my freshman year. Columbia College Chicago is known for its journalism program, but it mainly consists of biased journalists from Chicago’s big media empire—The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times. They constantly rail against President Trump while simultaneously training us to be nonpartisan, fact based reporters.
CNN is deemed as exemplary journalism, and not a word is mentioned of the rising independent media, which is the future of the industry. In fact, every TV in the communication department always has CNN on display. One thing is evident about this college’s journalism program—we are learning the agenda of the mainstream, corporate, liberal media in America.
Columbia College Chicago is a highly politically correct campus. During the holidays last year, a sign in one of the dorms said “Happy Non-Denominational Holiday Season.” This is how far the left has gone in its hysteria.
Simply saying “Happy Holidays” is not sufficient in their PC agenda; they feel a need to show the world how “inclusive” they are. Based on my experiences, I would estimate that 95 percent of the students here identify with the political left. In my classes, conservatives and libertarians are nonexistent.
The campus champions its diversity, but where is the diversity of thought? Everyone is practically the same, and, after reading the president’s statements, it is clear that conservatives and libertarians are not welcome here.
We are witnessing the indoctrination of America’s youth. Through a combination of academia and mass media, the establishment has formed an army of minions with the absence of critical thinking. Colleges are united against America and its founding principle, and they seek to dismantle every societal norm and noble value of the western world.
Leftists around this campus are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, and they cannot be reasoned with, for everything relates back to race, class, gender and sexuality. They do not care whatsoever about the economy, foreign policy, etc.
People often ask why I still attend a school I speak so negatively of. Although transferring may be an option, it is riveting to be the lone conservative, to stand firm in your beliefs when entirely surrounded by those who unanimously disagree. It teaches a valuable lesson on individuality and having the will to be unyielding in your convictions.
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