The University of Oklahoma has announced plans to provide a separate but equal student lounge for LGBT+++++ students...Reading the post above I was reminded of previous posts I've written on the subject:
So let’s get this straight (pun intended): Instead of working to ensure that LGBT students aren’t harassed and treated equally, the University of Oklahoma–a public university subject to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment–thinks it’s better to offer a segregated “safe space” for LGBT students? Seriously?
How about a taxpayer-funded “safe space” for conservatives, or pro-life students, or even (gasp!) white men? Would the University of Oklahoma think such spaces would be important to furthering its mission of inclusion and diversity, too? Yeah, we know the answer. Oh well, it will make an interesting lawsuit.
Link It's 2013, do we really need a women-only lounge on a public university campus?
Link I don't accept that universities should tolerate, much less condone, separation of the races. When we say that one group of people can do something or go somewhere and another group can't--that truly cannot be justified in my egalitarian mind. I understand being a minority, but that shouldn't give you rights, privileges, or entitlements that everyone else doesn't get in a country like ours. Certain groups don't like it when I bring up Dr. King's color-of-skin-vs-content-of-character remark, but I actually believe in it.
That's why I find stories like this one so appalling:
Ethnic Minorities Deserve Safe Spaces Without White People