Barack Obama recently made some comments on college campus political correctness that might surprise you.
President Obama condemned the rash of liberal political correctness seen recently in American colleges Monday, saying “that’s not the way we learn” and that college students shouldn’t be “coddled and protected from different points of view.”
… “Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too,” Obama said. “I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women.
“And you know, I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. You know, I think you should be able to—anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.”
Of course, actions speak louder than words. If President Obama sincerely wants to protect diversity of thought and freedom of speech, he should hold the IRS accountable for targeting conservative groups, and he should not allow the EPA to use taxpayer dollars to lobby for themselves.
He should also denounce the intimidating tactics of Black Lives Matter activists who constantly censor opportunities for constructive dialogue, including those who shout political candidates down and threaten police officers.