Unsafe safe space

They have one lone student surrounded. They’re forcibly preventing him from exercising a civil right. At various points, they intimidate him. Ultimately, they physically push him. But all the while, they are operating on the premise, or carrying on the pretense, that he is making them unsafe.

Source: The University of Missouri’s Tim Tai and the Weaponization of Safe Space – The Atlantic

Yeah, that does seem to be a bit much.

From the scum-of-the-earth dept.

She remembered a nice, white man. He had called her one day on the telephone months after she’d squeaked through high school with a “one-point something” grade-point average. His name was Brendan, though she said he never mentioned his last name. He told her she could make some fast money. He told her he worked for a local company named Access Funding. He talked to her as a friend.

Rose, who court records say suffers from “irreversible brain damage,” didn’t have a lot of friends. She didn’t trust many people. Growing up off North Avenue in West Baltimore, she said she’s seen people killed.

But Brendan was different. He bought her a fancy meal at Longhorn Steakhouse, she said, and guaranteed a vacation for the family. He seemed like a gentleman, someone she said she could trust.

Source: How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks – The Washington Post

7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand

Second chances, once considered a hallmark of American culture and identity, have become a luxury. One small mistake — or no mistake at all, simply the mistake of being born poor — can trap you there forever.

Source: Here are 7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand

This was a challenging and thought-provoking read. If you fall into the “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” category, it probably won’t convince you that you’re dead wrong, but there are some points worth considering here.

Certainly these considerations form part of the reason I am no longer comfortable in the US libertarian camp. So much of that belief system rests on the assumption that equality-in-the-eyes-of-the-law is enough to give everyone an equal opportunity. And it just isn’t, not remotely.