The dominant campus narrative these days is that left-leaning students make themselves out to be victims, and the evidence suggests this concern is warranted.

But what about conservative students? They are, after all, a minority group at elite college campuses, and often complain (rightly, in some cases) that their institutions are actively hostile toward their views and activities.

A recent op-ed in The New York Times, written by Aaron Hanlon—a former conservative student who became a liberal English professor at Colby College—warns the campus right-of-center that they are doing themselves a disservice by pretending to be victims.


“What I’m getting at is that I was never a victim,” writes Hanlon. “My message to conservative students is that neither are you. The leaders and pundits who say otherwise are doing you a disservice. Sure, they’re getting a lot of clicks and selling ads by framing your struggle as one of an embattled minority silenced by the overbearing liberalism of academia, but that false equivalence is not helping you prepare for the wider world.”

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