May 26, 2017

Op-ed: Why Walking Out Is Better Than Shouting Down



In The Chronicle of Higher Education, senior fellow Jacob Levy writes:

When Vice President Mike Pence spoke and received an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement on Sunday, a small number of protesters — 150 or so out of a 24,000-person audience — quietly rose from their seats and filed to the exits. The departing students had announced their intention to do so, in protest of the Trump administration’s policies and Pence’s own record as governor of the state, grounding their objections in their understanding of the Roman Catholic social teaching Notre Dame emphasizes.

And out came the scolds. “Snowflakes,” the students were called by right-wing commentators and media outlets. They were accused of intolerance, cowardice, and fleeing for “safe spaces.”

You can read the rest of the piece here.