Political discourse has suffered immensely on American college campuses in the last 50 years. With the suppression of “politically incorrect” ideas, conservative and even moderate students have become more isolated than ever. Presently, there is a clear attempt within institutions dominated by liberals to discount, marginalize, and ultimately censor political thought with origins outside leftist dogma. On such campuses, each “token” conservative student wrestles with a choice: espouse leftist doctrine in classes and assignments and ignore their true convictions, or stand firm in presenting their opposing viewpoint and face whatever marginalization that comes. But ridicule is not the only consequence of conservative marginalization; marginalization creates another monster.
That might seem like an overdramatized assessment, but think again. To be clear, the issue of campus marginalization of conservatives is not primarily about one or two notorious instances where a student is kicked out of his class for saying there are two genders or students threatening violence as they protest Ben Shapiro, a Jew they somehow believe is a Nazi.
This phenomenon of marginalizing conservatives not only makes “diversity of thought” a taboo phrase, but it also builds doubt among conservatives that future society will tolerate their ideas. They are even scared about how it will affect their future children, whom they will likely choose to raise with conservative values.
Here’s some context: recently, conservative comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder did a live broadcast of his daily CRTV show from the campus Southern Methodist University. One of the students who asked Crowder a question during the show introduced his question by mentioning that he is getting married soon and wants to raise children.
He continued, “It honestly scares me to bring a child into a world where conservative voices are being banned from countries and censored, and Christian viewpoints are treated with hatred, schools are indoctrinating 4-year-olds about transgenderism way too young. What hope do you see in our current day and age for America?”
Crowder’s response reflects the intensity of feelings with which campus conservatives reflect on their current situation. Conservative college students are convinced that, for simply believing differently from leftists and acting on their political beliefs, they would be ostracized by their peers and see their future put in turmoil.
Being fearless certainly would benefit conservative students, especially when it comes to their speaking out in public and defending their views in the classroom, but an actual solution goes much further than even that.
Students must not let the isolation that comes with being a conservative in college rule what happens in their lives after those institutions. We must, as Crowder said, live freely, have families, and live our lives in a way that reflects our values. We must, like leftists did in the 1960s, create new institutions and add to current institutions, specifically in the teaching profession. We must combat radical ideas with ideas. This is the only way to combat leftists when they try to isolate us. Isolation is the strongest tool anyone can use to get someone to abandon their values.