Conservatives on Twitter are outraged by an interview in which the co-chair of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s chapter of the College Republicans claimed that a professor mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) last semester.
Alice Gilbert told Fox News that her professor, Otis Madison, “warned Ted Cruz-supporting ‘teabaggers’ to get the hell out of his classroom before he sent them home to their mother in a body bag.”
“When Professor Madison made his comments in the very first lecture,” she said, “I was taken aback and offended.” She did not, however, report Madison’s comment to the university at the time. “He did not target me by name, so I did not feel that there was a lot the school could do based on a student just being offended by something said in class.”
Gilbert told her story to Fox News as part of a Twitter-based “hashtag campaign” called #MyLiberalCampus, which encourages conservative students to post anecdotal evidence that their conservative beliefs have been slyly belittled — if not outright mocked — by faculty on their liberal campuses.
Raw Story investigated the anecdotal evidence being gathered by conservative organizations on Twitter. One student complained that he once received the “side-eye from all [his] professors”:
— Ty Seymour (@tyseymour) April 23, 2014
He wasn’t confronted, harassed, or discriminated against, merely “side-eyed” by people who he knew would not take kindly to the provocative shirt he wore. Another student complained
When my professor said I wasn't allowed to write a paper on America #MyLiberalCampus
— Madeleine (@MadeleineD417) May 7, 2014
She doesn’t specify which class this paper was allegedly to be written for. A paper on “America” would be out of place in a biology lab, and even if it were in a political science course, her professor was correct to discourage her from writing about a topic as vague as “America” — she doesn’t even specify which American continent she’s going to discuss, “North” or “South.”
Another student expressed concern that a fellow student said something less-than-intelligent in class, and instead of instantly jumping in and shooting her down, the professor allowed the class to discuss the topic:
Girl in class just said we shouldn't judge cannibalistic societies because "it's just their culture." (Students agreed.) #MyLiberalCampus
— Matt Reed (@MattKFR) May 1, 2014
This next student was irate that his professor — apparently the only one he had, which makes one wonder where he attended college — expressed an opinion outside of the classroom:
— Chris Puyear (@ChrisPuyear) May 2, 2014
The nerve! Having a contrary opinion, and expressing it! Fortunately, some of the complaints are legitimate:
— Dan Coleman (@ColemanDK) April 30, 2014
Sorry, wrong tweet. We meant to link to this one:
#MyLiberalCampus brings all leftist speakers in, and def wouldn't let me do a free speech on the "White Privledge" Lie.
— Alex, Radio Host (@alexandeurr) April 30, 2014
Again, our apologies, this is the tweet we meant to link to:
— Caleb Bonham (@CalebBonham) April 28, 2014
As you can see, conservatives are right to believe that they are being oppressed by campus liberals making outlandish statements like “Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ is racist,” just because the only ones in it who don’t speak proper King’s English are the jive-talking, slang-slinging monkeys.
Some liberals reminded conservatives that their free market principles apply to this situation, too:
If young conservatives don't love #MyLiberalCampus they can always go back into the free marketplace and find another school to attend.
— Russell Schaffer (@RussOnPolitics) April 26, 2014
While others are merely having fun with the hashtag:
My university allows Mexicans and women to teach classes #MyLiberalCampus
— Gen JC Xtian patriot (@JC_Christian) May 3, 2014