In my time at LSE I have become perplexed by the extent of political correctness on campus. Indeed, I was told that I should have expected that when coming to an institution known for being a left-wing factory. Whether speaking about politics, economics or social issues some choose to feel victimised and offended. The unfortunate consequence of this is that the same individuals want to impose their way of thinking and feel that it is their prerogative. Political correctness has evidently resulted in incompetent terms such as white privilege being widely used on campus and being told that describing an individual by their skin colour is offensive and wrong.
The pollutants from political correctness have resulted in the toxic stifling of debate, leaving many feeling unable to express their views without upsetting someone or being told they are wrong. Indeed, I have experienced this myself when I suggested that UK healthcare needed to become more free market orientated, where many responded with a slap down instead of having a reasonable debate. Or where I respectfully questioned somebody who looked like a female as to why she identified using gender-neutral pronouns.
It is in this very climate that we have seen an article in this very newspaper not widely condemned for its barefaced and unashamed racism when a previous writer expressed what was a reasonable point of view. There is a certainty in life that our generation must remember and it is that facts do not care about our feelings.
LSE should not be a safe space. It is not a place for you to feel as though you will be wrapped in cotton wool and relax in your echo chamber. Nor should it be a place where one type of view pollutes our academic community. If you want to stifle debate, if you want to feel offended and victimised, I am afraid university and the LSE is not the place for you. Our academic community should not be one where a Conservative supporter is called “Tory scum” or where the marginalised are not treated with the dignity and respect they warrant. No one individual could ever reverse this predicament, it requires us of all us to do so.
I will not passively accept those who seek to impose their views. If we do not exterminate this plight from most young people today, I wish Godspeed to our generation.
P.S A particular word above was used deliberately. I apologise for not providing a trigger warning.