Here’s a deeply insane story about a student at the UVA’s School of Medicine who disagreed with a faculty member’s belief in “microaggressions” and as a result was dragged off campus by police and declared mentally unstable. He’s now suing.
When I was a student, starting from my very first semester as an undergrad, I was notorious for challenging professors in class on everything they said. I don’t accept anything on faith. If you are a professor and position yourself as a figure of intellectual authority, be prepared to defend your ideas. Sometimes, the professors would get exasperated when I’d demolish a carefully prepared theory but I saw that they loved it. Nobody retaliated in any way or claimed to be wounded because they belonged to a “marginalized group.” Which they were by virtue of being almost invariably Hispanic and/or gay. I was the absolute star of my undergraduate program.
Of course, my professors had real ideas and real knowledge. Nobody ever brought anything like this microaggressions crap to the students.
Today I’m a professor and I live for the students who challenge me. I can’t imagine trying to get a student expelled for trying to think for himself. These people at UVA are a cancer of academia. They are despicable, and I’m ashamed to be in the same profession as they.