Article courtesy of Heat Street, written by Mahad Olad.
When demonstrations over racial injustices roiled college campuses last fall, I was energetically on board. As an activist in my own community, and a high-school senior headed to college in the fall, I understand that rallies and protests serve as vital and indispensable tools to establish much-needed change. I believed — and still do — that colleges should do the best they can to help marginalized students feel more welcome on campus.
The protests at Yale over Halloween costumes last fall, however, revealed serious flaws in student activism that made me question my support for campus protesters. These protests also made me notice something in my own activist circles that I could no longer overlook: There is this peculiar illiberal streak — and near totalitarian dogma — that has come to pervade these groups. Instead of combating racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudices as they claim to, my activist peers spend much of their energy policing others people’s speech and behavior.