Megan Tubb graduated from Cornell University in 2013, just in time to miss the perpetual protests that have taken over elite private and public universities.
And she is pained to see how current students at her alma mater have reacted to the election of Republican Donald Trump, particularly those who participated in last week’s “Cry In.”
In a letter to the editor of The Cornell Daily Sun, Tubb said she’s worried that Cornell’s “culture of safe spaces is hindering students from developing the character required to handle disappointment graciously and courageously”:
[I]t is unnerving that, in a country in which half of the voter block chose Donald Trump, it appears that Cornell students have never had a meaningful conversation with one of those voters. Is it fair to characterize Cornell as a community committed to celebrating “differences of opinions” when students who voted for a certain candidate are afraid to express support? What about their “emotional well-being”?
A self-identified Trump voter, Tubb said she doubts that she would “be able to find a home at Cornell today,” not least because the school uses tuition money “to insulate students from opinions that upset them”:
As a proud American, I support your right to peaceably assemble and protest. As an adult capable of liberty, I am disappointed in the reaction of the Cornell community. The day after the election, you responded by literally sitting on the ground and crying. What is worse is that student funds were used to provide said students with hot chocolate and coloring supplies. This is not what adulthood looks like.
She also lays blame at the feet of professors who were “reportedly too distraught to do their jobs” the day after the election:
[W]e cannot expect students to become responsible adults and citizens capable of life in a civil society when these are the role models they have.
In a final exhortation to students, Tubb reminds them that “it’s not tolerance when you agree.”