Politics, States

Berkeley Offers Students ‘Counseling’ to Cope With Shapiro Speech

Apparently ‘micro-aggression’ — which, as you might expect, is typically a valid concern only if the source of the aggression is conservative rhetoric — has quickly become an epidemic in America. Curiously the epicenter of the epidemic is on liberal university campuses around the nation where students are increasingly dealing with the onslaught of psychological trauma after being forced to consider ideas otherwise foreign to their liberal minds. It’s so rampant we might consider a new condition in need of psychiatric treatment: Snowflake Syndrome. But fear not, leftist administrators at UC Berkeley are out to spare these poor, overly-privileged children from an excess of said trauma. Ahead of an expected address by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, Berkeley is setting up counseling services for students and staff whose ‘sense of safety and belonging’ are ‘threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe’. And, no, that’s not an article from The Onion. We’ve come a long way, folks, from the land that produced the Greatest Generation who saved the world from Nazi rule.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Maybe the coolest Halloween costume on campuses this fall will be dressing up as Ben Shapiro.

Because apparently that’s about the scariest thing a college student can encounter.

Shapiro, a conservative commentator and writer, is set to give a speech at University of California, Berkeley next Thursday.  If you know anything about Berkeley, you’re aware that it’s unlikely there’s much agreement, either from students or locals, with Shapiro’s conservative viewpoint.

If we lived in a sane world, that would mean Shapiro would be giving a speech in front of half a dozen College Republicans, wearing bow ties to be countercultural—and everyone else would just ignore that he was coming.

However, we live in a world where apparently speech you disagree with can be traumatizing. Here’s what Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost, writes in his memo about Shapiro’s talk:

Support and counseling services for students, staff and faculty

We are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging. No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe. For that reason, the following support services are being offered and encouraged:


Um … what?

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