Bloomberg Booed For Blasting ‘Safe Spaces’ During College Commencement Speech
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may not have been terribly popular in his hometown back when he was touting the importance of a soda ban, but now he has taken his act on the road.
The one time possible Presidential contender gave a commencement address this weekend to the University of Michigan and was faced with boos and jeers from the audience at the frail suggestion that so-called college “safe spaces” are a bad idea. In his address, Bloomberg blasted the PC culture on many campuses, telling the crowd, “Keeping an open mind to new ideas is essential to your professional success — just as it’s crucial to our collective future as a democratic society.”
The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure and shield students from these ideas through “safe spaces,” “code words” and “trigger warnings” is, in my view, a terrible mistake.
The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations — not run away from them. A microaggression is exactly that: micro. And one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is a safe space, because it creates the false impression that we can insulate ourselves from those who hold different views.
While some in the Ann Arbor crowd supported the former Mayor’s assertions, many can be heard booing loudly at the suggestions for broad-mindedness and receptivity to contrary ideas. Bloomberg said at one point, “We are witnessing a disturbing change in the nature of American politics: a rise in extreme partisanship and intolerance for other views.”
Watch a portion from the speech above from YouTube.
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