Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is now requiring all
first year students to undergo a course titled "checking your
privilege" as part of their orientation.
As if this requirement doesn't seem preposterous enough, the
school also wants to move toward training faculty and
administrators in privilege and power too.
This requirement comes after a controversial yet popular op-ed
penned by a student at Princeton where he stated the term "check
your privilege" is detrimental to students. Students are
being asked to consider how their good fortune might impair their
ability to empathize with others. Why is it that we are
asking students to apologize for or to analyze their
accomplishments and successes?
This nation was founded in order to allow for competition and a
variety of ideas. If we are supposed to all think alike and
apologize for our upbringing and abandon our identity in order to
be equals-what makes us unique from one another?
This requirement is just another liberal initiative-it should be
called out for what it is-intolerant. We should celebrate
successes and not adjust our identity to conform. This
initiative is an insult to the very idea of the American Dream,
where one can pull himself up by his bootstraps and find
success-now we all need to be on the same playing field with the
Campuses are cesspools of intolerance with professors and
administrators promoting liberal ideas and political correctness in
higher academia. Colleges and universities are supposed to be
hubs of tolerance where a diversity of ideas and opinions should be
encouraged but lately it seems as though only one opinion can be
At Young America's
Foundation we help students bring conservative speakers to
campus and more often than not these events and speakers are
protested or met with a challenge by the administration. Why
is it that liberals cry for tolerance and "checking privilege" at
the door yet they don't allow for tolerance of conservative opinion
or for conservative voices to be heard?
Students at many campuses are having their free speech rights
restricted, are indoctrinated by their professors with leftists
ideas in the classroom, and even expected to undergo "sensitivity"
trainings. This is not isolated-there is widespread
liberalism on college campuses and it is time for college
administrators to stand up show real leadership.
The Left claims that they want to celebrate and encourage
diversity yet they don't encourage and refuse to recognize the
value in celebrating different backgrounds-even ones of
privilege. Everybody has a story to share and to assume that
students who come from "privileged" backgrounds are in some way
guaranteed more opportunity is absurd. The idea that anybody
from anywhere can be afforded opportunity is the cornerstone of our
College years are formative years where young minds formulate
opinions on the world around them-to only be exposed to certain
views and encouraged to think one way, is detrimental to our
students. Liberal initiatives such as "checking your
privilege" only hurts the future generation because they will never
know the value in celebrating different ideas-what makes this
Ashley Pratte is the spokeswoman for Young America's
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