If you needed even more proof that our country is sliding into an abyss from which we may never recover, I offer this news out of Cleveland this week. Case Western Reserve University, worried that its delicate flowers might not weather the heat of the Republican National Convention, has virtually shut down the campus, and is providing those who remain a “safe space,” complete with psychological counseling.
So if the presence of all these rich white men is just too much, help is not far away.
It is worth noting that students pay more than $60,000 a year to attend Case Western—so you might assume they know their way around Republicans. But maybe not.
The private school’s Social Justice Institute “will host a ‘safe space” in the basement of a campus building for the duration of the convention.
“After extensive consultation among our leadership team and discussions in last week’s open forums, we have decided that the university will reduce its on-campus operations significantly from Monday, July 18, through the close of the convention Thursday, July 21,” a statement explains.
“Deans and unit leaders have been asked to work with their teams to determine how to maintain essential services with the fewest number of staff physically on the campus.”
“University Counseling Services will continue to offer walk-in services for students who want to talk with someone about their concerns related to recent events and/or the upcoming convention,” the statement reads.
Recent events? No doubt what that means.
“The university’s Employee Assistance Service will have a counselor available on campus during the workday for staff or faculty who wish to talk about their concerns.” The faculty and staff must be pretty thin-skinned, too.
Is the violence perpetrated by and against police officers really to blame? Indirectly, yes. The school, with most of its students away for the summer, is hosting hundreds of police officers in its dorms for the Republican National Convention.
That decision isn’t sitting well with at least one an anonymous Case Western professor, who posted an angry missive on Facebook.
The school “will be ground zero for the storm troopers you will watch on national news next week. When the university realized that this might not be the wisest thing for an institution of higher learning to do, they opted for the solution I’m sure any of us would choose. They decided to take a break, for one week only, from being an institution of higher learning.”
Interesting choice of words. Storm troopers, here, is not a reference to Star Wars. Still, there’s an irony in the fact the the very police this professor is comparing to Nazis are the same ones protecting the professor’s right to free speech.
“The financial details are shrouded in mystery, and what little information I could find suggests that the university donated the housing when the city came calling,” the professor adds. “I’ve also heard that the city intends to reimburse the university for costs it will incur this week, but that the odds of turning a profit are very slim. This is nothing more than rumor, however, and I only include it to clarify that I am not accusing the CWRU administration of any financial malfeasance.”
That’s cool. You’ll call cops Nazis, but won’t risk your job. I see.