Apparently, voicing your unpopular opinion can make a “safe space” unsafe — or at least that’s what happened with an Asian student at Claremont McKenna College in California.
A 20-year-old woman approached the “safe space” at the private college on Wednesday to describe a racist encounter with an African-American man. Speaking in broken English, the yet unnamed woman declared that “black people can be racist,” voicing her belief that individuals should not be judged by race, but instead by the content of their character.
However, instead of sympathizing or just peacefully listening to her explanation, the protesters at the “safe space” booed and tried to silence the Asian woman.
At one point, a black woman holding a sign that read “It’s too late to say sorry” approached her, though she stopped after someone from the crowd suggested “Let her finish,” while another protester yelled “Oh no honey,” over a chorus of boos.
“The point I’m making here is that we should not distinguish people by their race or gender or anything. Black people can be racist,” the student said. “I just mean we have to look at people individually. Look at the heart. The action, not the race.”
Few moments later, another student asked her to handover her megaphone — clearly uncomfortable by the speech — when someone in the crowd decided to ask, “How is this relevant to the college failing to provide a space for people of color?”
The protest at Claremont McKenna College followed weeks of protests at the University of Missouri. Moreover, the dean of students at Claremont McKenna, Mary Spellman, was forced to resign Nov. 12 after a benign email reply that some students claimed was insensitive.