OPINION: College campuses lack opinion

Arnav Damodhar | Associate Editor

Progress is not possible without change, and change is impossible without debate.

But instead of ideological debates in our college campuses, we only see protests and violence. Conservative Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California Berkeley on February 2. The night before, approximately 150 agitators interrupted a non-violent group of protesters. They set fires. They threw commercial fireworks at police officers. They attacked innocent civilians. The campus was placed under lockdown and the event was then cancelled.

The event at Berkeley was just another instance of a closed-minded liberal college campus.

Studies have shown that high school and college students tend to be more left leaning. In the 2012 election, 60 percent of 18-29 year olds voted for President Obama while only 36 percent of the age group voted for Mitt Romney. But not only is the student body typically left leaning, so are professors.

The Daily Signal reported that liberal professors outnumber conservatives five to one.According to a study by Princeton University’s newspaper, in the  2012 election, only one faculty member donated to the Romney Campaign. The rest of the $167,000 that the faculty raised was donated to President Obama. This was the same case with Bowdoin College, where all of the funds that the faculty raised went to the Obama campaign.

All the intolerant students gather together thinking their opinion is the right opinion and that all Republicans are just bad people. Then all of them march together as one parading for their cause.  And amidst the protests and intolerant left leaning students, Republican students are forced to feel like a frog in the well. This course of action becomes dangerous. It makes an opinion an assertion of fact, ultimately threatening free speech.

Only if students come together and engage in politically stimulating conversations, can we move ahead. They don’t need to agree with each other but just need to be exposed to one another. This exchange of ideas strengthens the principles of tolerance and respect for different points of view. It aims to close the gap between the majority and minority and quell animosities toward a particular group of people.

Only when our students are exposed to one another,will they not consider themselves to be a Democrat or Republican. They won’t automatically believe in pro-choice over pro-life.

But they’ll eventually think of themselves as American.