College Protestors: Welcome to the Real World

by Diane Dimond on November 30, 2015

Mizzou Protests Exposed Racial Inequality, Forced Resignations

Mizzou Protests Exposed Racial Inequality — Sadly, Not All College Protests Are So Focused

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope yours was happy and peaceful. Now we ponder what will future generations be thankful for?

I foresee a future where the current college aged crowd will matriculate into society believing everything should go exactly as they imagine. And when it doesn’t they will run to the closest authority to demand that it be made so. In their minds the world is there to make them feel completely contented at all times. They firmly believe nothing should ever make anyone feel uncomfortable or slighted in the least.

If they are a minority they may forever be on the lookout for slights about their ethnicity. If they are female they might find fault with every brush against their shoulder or colloquial word used to describe women. If they are anything other than heterosexual they may bristle at every mention of opposite sex unions.

Class Prez in Yellow Forced to Resign for Costume She Didn't Wear

Class Pres (in Yellow) Forced to Resign for Costume She Didn’t Wear

After they graduate, after there is no longer a university hierarchy to complain to about what students call the “micro-aggressions” they suffer, (the “tone deaf slights directed toward minority students,” as the New York Times defines it) what will this generation do? How will they operate in the big bad, non-idealistic, imperfect world that is waiting out there for them?

In the future, will they demand employers give them a safe zone free from others’ opinions or that the boss bend to their every cry of unfairness? Will we need Behavior Police to placate them? Imagine, government agencies operating like corporate Human Resources departments, handing out summons for thought, speech or sideways-glance offenses.

To quote Democratic President Jimmy Carter, “As you know there are many things in life that are not fair.”

To quote me, “Get over it, kids. Concentrate on the big issues. Quit whining about every supposed unfairness. No one likes a crybaby.”

Princeton's Protests: Woodrow Wilson's Legacy

Princeton’s Protests: Woodrow Wilson’s Century Old Legacy

If today’s college students put as much effort into stamping out terrorism, crime, domestic violence, sexual abuse, judicial injustice and subjects that truly impact society think what a better world they would create for themselves and for their children.

Wouldn’t that be a better legacy than removing President Woodrow Wilson’s name from the Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs because a century ago he held the predominate public opinion supporting segregation? Yes, that is a student demand currently on the table at Princeton.

I wonder if any of those complaining students has studied the myriad of positive and progressive accomplishments of our 28th president.

Wouldn’t working for world peace or an improved education system be better than demanding the resignation of the junior class president at Claremont McKenna College in California because she was photographed posing with Halloween revelers wearing sombreros, ponchos and fake mustaches? Yep, that also sparked a recent campus demonstration. The class president was forced out.

Yale's "March of Resilience"

Yale’s “March of Resilience” After Offensive Halloween

And at Yale University, two Halloween related student protests.  After a completely unsubstantiated report about an overheard remark at an off-campus fraternity party that the event was for “white girls only” more than a thousand students joined a “March of Resilience.” They demanded the Dean take action against the fraternity.

Outraged Yale students also surrounded and verbally attacked Professor Nicolas Christakis whose wife wrote an e-mail questioning the need to protect students against insensitive Halloween costumes.

“If you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended,” Erika Christakis wrote. “Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offence are the hallmarks of a free and open society.”

Professor (in blue) asked, "Who the F--- Hired You?"

Yale Professor (in blue) asked, “Who the F— Hired You?”

For that comment enraged students are seen on video shouting vile things at the professor and demanding his resignation. They want free speech for themselves but not for others. Childish.

Get a grip, students. Controlling what others think and say is not the American way. Demanding the end to long careers because of a perceived putdown isn’t either.

No one who matters sets out to deliberately make others feel marginalized. Enlightenment isn’t created by angry marches or screaming epithets at others. And it certainly doesn’t bring anyone around to accepting your point of view.

Need suggestions on where to focus your energy and vent your frustrations with the way the world is run? Get involved in an organization that vows to do that. Or get involved in politics. Study what the presidential candidates are saying – on both sides of the political spectrum – and call them out for the questionable, insipid and false things they say.

Better yet, run for office yourself. Trade in your whining outrage for meaningful involvement.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

ABQ Journal Reader John Lucero writes:

“Ms Dimond,
Thank you for writing your editorials. I look forward to reading what you write every Saturday.
I wish your piece, “How will today’s youth cope?” Could be a required class for our youth today. I thought I was alone in thinking that some of the youth today are a little to sensitive & intolerant towards other’s points of view.
I don’t like to be labeled but growing up in the 80’s-90’s my life style was never quite accepted. I never tried to shove my beliefs down anyones throats. I always listened to opposing views & tried to understand where the person was coming from. Once I listened I could usually find a bridge of respect & in return I would get respect in return. My life is very rich now because of this & I have a wide range of friends that I respect with similar & opposite views.
Thank you again & I look forward to reading your editorial next week.”

John Lucero

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

Reader Glenn Raul Chavira Jr. writes:

“Diane Dimond,
I read an article published in my local newspaper about my generation being “whiners” and thought I would share a few facts with you.

1. I didn’t know who you were but when I googled you the first thing that came up was “known for her coverage of Michael Jackson”….
2. Baby boomers had it easy, no wars during their youth(your fathers fought for you and the cold war doesn’t count) and no recession.
3. This generation came to age during a recession and two substantial wars they fought in, one being the longest in US history.
4. Demonstrations about “Judicial Injustices” are happening all over the United States all the time orchestrated by the youth.
5. When you were young it was possible to pay for college tuition working a summer job or part time all year, now we are in debt our whole lives for the same quality of education.

Thank you for your time,
Glenn Raul Chavira Jr.

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

DD replies:

Guess you never heard about Vietnam, Glenn. I lost 8 friends in that war…and more came back forever damaged.
Guess you never heard about the oil embargo and the gas price wars.
Guess you didn’t learn that I came from humble means. My father was a butcher and my mother was his bookkeeper. I did not have the luxury of finishing college. At the age of 22 I was a divorced single mother who raised a daughter all by herself with no child support payments. I paid for every bit of her college at New York University so she would not be strapped with student loans.
You mentioned “judicial injustices” your generation has had to witness?– – I grew up in the turbulent 70s, Glenn. Segregation was still the norm and people called each other horrible names like, Mick, Spic and Chink.
Guess you never accepted the idea of “personal responsibility”… The idea of no matter what is going on around you if you focus you can succeed in life.

Stop whining. Decide to do something with your life no matter what the circumstances are. DD

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

Glenn replies:

“Fair enough, you went through turbulent times. I just don’t like reading in whats supposed to be a credible news source someone talking about how the youth should use their voice when that same person devoted their career to polluting our minds with garbage about celebrities personal lives. TMZ is a branch from a monster you helped create. Write an article about the Kardashians instead of attacking students who are making differences because they have the means. Yes judicial injustices like being murdered by people we pay to protect us. The judge in Chicago had to demand the video of Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times be released to the public because the local government didn’t to release it. They were afraid of our reaction and rightly so. Young people are in the streets of Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Oakland and many major cities that weren’t even directly effected and they’re out there for the most important thing on this earth, protecting young lives. I’m sorry your ex-husband wasn’t there and i applaud you for pulling the pieces together for your daughters sake. I’m sure you have good intentions and part of you is pleased that a torch barer is willing to engage in a debate with you over what he believes in.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

NOTE: The writer is referring to the investigative reporting work I did on the Michael Jackson child molestation case when I worked for the TV show HARD COPY in the 90’s. I have never had any affiliation with TMZ.

DD response:

Tell you what, kid. I’ll post your e-mail to me at my website when the column goes up in my archive. I’m glad to entertain all sorts of differing opinions – which you can double check by just looking back at past columns there.

You do me a favor? Keep this back and forth and read it again in 10 years. I’m hoping by then you’ll realize how your pontificating comes off to the rest of the world. ~DD

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

Reader Jon Otero writes:

“Thank you for a well written, thought provoking article. It does seem that this next generation is just waiting for the next issue to be outraged on or to call for for someone’s resignation. I think back to when I was in college 20 years ago it was a time of confusion and uncertainties but I never saw a protest or a mob call for anyone’s resignation. Thank you again, I hope my children will see bigger picture when they are college age.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

ABQ Journal Reader Christopher Timm writes:

“Good Morning Ms. Dimond:

Your article was very well written. Unfortunately, most of those college students who should read and heed it probably don’t take or read newspapers – even their university or college papers (if they publish your article).

Maturity doesn’t come with age, it comes with experience of having to provide for oneself – job, housing, food, transportation, etc. etc. I expect it will be a rude awakening especially for those college students who major in the low job potential study courses.”

Thank you,

Honoring All Veterans

Christopher M. Timm, PE

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

ABQ Journal Reader Deb Pertain writes:

“Kudos for today article “How Will Today’s Youth Cope”? Unless parents stop praising for every single insignificant step in a child’s life, continue to teach them that they are the center of the universe, there will just continue to be a society of selfish, self-centered individuals who are offended by everything. Life is not fair and never will be – kids have to learn to take what’s been given to them and run with it.

Thanks for the read – enjoyed it.”

Deb Pertain

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

Reader John Brewer writes:

“Thank you so much for your recent article about today’s crybabies….er, youth in our college system. I will be sharing and quoting it to all of my associates, and any crybabies that I run into. Very well put!”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

Noozhawk Reader 966399A writes:

“Diane, you are certainly not a student of history. Nor do you seem savvy enough to be aware of students and the young in general who changed history. I’ll try to remind you of the student participation in King’s marches against segregation; the student rebellion against the
“undeclared” and unlawful war in Viet Nam; the music of the 60’s and 70’s that attracted millions of young people around the world and that railed against injustices of the establishment; even the Bank of American in flames here in Santa Barbara. Unrest demonstrated by young people is usually a wake-up call to what’s wrong, while the
establishment sits on their comfortable butts and allows the worst to
continue without change. Yes, the young do mature and leave behind the detritus of their protests. But they can usually be proud of the
positive change and awareness they have brought.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

DD replies

Dear Numbers Person,
I was part of that younger generation that changed history so no need to preach to me. We brought awareness to the marches against segregation as well as to the politically prolonged Vietnam War during which I lost several friends and had many more come home forever changed. Those were noble causes (Sadly, getting the world to like our music in the 60’s and 70’s had nothing to do with us and everything to do with the musical artists who created it)
I see no correlation between those times and what’s happening today on a majority of campuses. Students demanding they be “validated” or “given safe spaces” or refusing to use the terms male and/or female for fear someone might be offended isn’t anything like protesting a prolonged and doomed war. Stamping ones feet and screaming epithets in a professors face because of Halloween costume choices is simply childish and not a position of high moral character.
Yes, public unrest can absolutely be a spotlight on what’s wrong in America (i.e. the anti-police brutality movement that arose after Ferguson,Missouri case) but sometimes its just entitled kids demanding attention for marginal issues. That’s my constitutionally protected opinion ~ DD

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Noozhawk Reader Sacjon replies to 966399A:

“Segregation and the Vietnam War are COMPLETELY different than these perceived “micro-aggessions” (ie, unintentional teasing or belittling, etc of another person). The former were devastating national (and international) events in our history, the latter is just an annoying new PC fad. No one ever got their legs blown off by a micro-aggression land mine.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

Noozhawk Reader AN50 writes:

“Well said Diane. These sniveling whiners will get a great lesson in life once released from their indoctrination camps. The only positive story here is that their propaganda ministers are usually the ones these brats focus on. Chickens coming home to roost.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

Twitter Pal MaggioMatt writes:

“Dead economy for middle-class jobs anyhow means protest or not won’t matter. @DiDimond”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Facebook Friend Daneal Cantor writes:

“So true. This is what happens with helicopter parents, kids getting trophies for just showing up, and the feeling of entitlement. Poor things can’t deal with the least bit of adversity.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Facebook Friend Joya Colucci Lord writes:

“Diane – this article is SPOT ON. Thank you for, once again, putting pen to paper and expressing what so many of us are thinking! And happy holidays to you and Michael.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Thank you, Joya! And happy, merry to you and Bill too! ~ DD

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Facebook Friend Kurt G. Kaner writes:

“They’ll all be unemployed or a community organizer. There’s always that angle.

If I were an employer I’d check social media of prospective employees. If they whined a lot on their posts. Forgetaboutit!!!!!”

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Zacha December 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

Community organizing is not a bad route… may lead to presidency.

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Facebook Friend Karen Strausberg Castor writes:

“I thought college was where one went to hear new ideas and learn how to deal with new concepts. Silly me….”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Facebook Friend Kilburn Hall writes:

” Parents: ‘Reality 101’ is the hardest college course your student will ever take.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Facebook Friend Ronald Jeffries Tallman writes:

“Not sure what marching, yelling/chanting, holding signs or laying there may accomplish from this and other groups. Do something constructive be a leader. And professional protesters get a real job.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Noozhawk Reader Lou Segal writes:

“When these kids leave college (which I trust will happen someday) they will be in for a rude awakening when they ask their employers where the safe spaces are. As a matter of fact, I would advise them to disclose in their hiring interviews their need for safe spaces in the work setting.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Noozhawk Reader Johnie Steel writes:

“Hello Diane,

I am a new student at UCSB, and I get force fed the safe-zone micro-aggression garbage everyday. To me, this selective type of education makes sense for students who were raised by bigoted racists. However for the rest, I believe it is creating a homogenous population of overly-sensitive, politically-correct, super-entitled, ignorant humans. People all over the world are dying, but UCSB is much more focused on getting LGBTQ Activists on campus rather than activists who are more concerned with the atrocities that the entire human population is facing.

I’d leave if it wasn’t for the fact that my education is getting paid for.

Thank you taxpayers and parents.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Noozhawk Reader gatorarms writes:

“Right on Diane. As a lefty Gen-Xer, I, too, lament the pernicious consequences of the “everyone-gets-a-trophy” mentality that American culture has largely embraced for the last 15-20 years or so. It arrests development, cultivates a sense of entitlement, and replaces critical thinking with a perpetual case of butt-hurt and, frequently, a dose of totalitarianism.

I’m not down on all millennials, of course; I work with them, I have been down range with them, and raised a couple of them, too. An awful lot of them are great, smart, innovative, and ambitious. But what’s happening at Mizzou, Yale, Princeton and elsewhere is deeply, deeply troubling.
Get outta my way Woodrow; I’ve got my righteous indignation trained on those racist slaveholding sonsabitches George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, doggonit. Let’s go, Concerned-Students-of-GWU and UVA!

Likening these protests (“I need some muscle over here!” from the 1st amendment-stifling Mizzou comms prof, and the hissy fit of Yalie Jerelyn Luther, who screeched “Who the f___ hired you?!?” when SHE was part of the hiring committee) to the Civil Rights and Vietnam War protests of the 60s and early 70s is so absurd that it beggars sense.

You cannot be a student of history if you are claiming that these lily-livered, privileged whiners are heirs to the legacy of those who braved tear gas, bullets, and batons in Madison, Kent, Berkeley, and elsewhere in an effort to change the world.

As Alan Dershowitz–not exactly a right-wing poster boy–said recently, “[These student protesters] may want superficial diversity, because for them diversity is a code word for ‘more of us….’ These are students who want safe spaces for themselves, but not for others,” he continued. “They’re prepared to spit on people going out of lectures.”

I, for one, refuse to throw my lot in with bigots and hypocrites, whatever their political stripes.”

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Diane Dimond December 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Noozhawk Reader Deapster writes:

“We worked so hard to give our children a better future…….. oy.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

Twitter pal nlawson946 writes:

“@DiDimond it is possible to have concerns bigger then yourself and still succeed in the big bad intolerant world.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

Twitter Pal BriankgambleNE writes:

“@DiDimond The very question I’ve asked myself. I assume they’ll have to grow up quick or get medicated.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

Twitter Pal MaggioMatt writes:

“Dead economy for middle-class jobs anyhow means protest or not won’t matter. @DiDimond”

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