The Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles are widely known to be a hotbed for liberalism, but one student just came to the startling realization of just how little “tolerance” there is on campus for anyone who has views that don’t align with the majority. Claremont student McKenzie Deutsch wrote a powerful essay in the Claremont student newspaper this week decrying the nasty treatment she received from her peers after it was revealed that she (gasp!) took a picture with Vice President Mike Pence.
“According to my peers, taking a photo with Vice-President Pence is anything but neutral,” she wrote. “In fact, it constitutes direct violence and oppression against marginalized groups.
“Shortly after posting the photo, I began receiving vicious comments and private messages accusing me of not caring about LGBTQ rights and attacking me for getting anywhere near the Vice-President,” she continued. “Close friends and distant acquaintances alike lashed out in fury, subjecting me to lectures, rants, and name-calling—all while ignoring the photo’s plainly apolitical context.”
Deutsch then provided some examples of the, um, feedback she got from the people around her for daring to do such a vile thing as take a picture with the sitting vice president:
One person accused me of “ignoring the plights of marginalized people to achieve personal gain,” saying I was a person who “smiled with [their] oppressors.” Some took to mockery, inquiring, “Did you manage to ask him why he thinks women are second-class citizens?” and “How many LBGTQ folks do you need to help send to conversion therapy in exchange for reproductive rights from Pence?”. A friend asked me why I would stand next to someone who is “a threat to human rights everywhere.” A classmate simply commented, “Bitch.” Many others “liked” these comments, endorsing this shameless harassment.
Utterly pathetic, if completely unsurprising. And a note, too, for those liberals who think “the other side” is just the same. The fact that this girl even GOES to Claremont without any compunction proves that conservatives are fully capable of maintaining civility even when surrounded by insanity. In fact, that goes for virtually any conservative who goes to college in California, the Ivy League, or hundreds of other institutions of higher learning out there. They may or may not find value in debating the issues with their frothing peers, but they certainly manage to treat the people they meet (many of whom are, from what we’ve seen, of extremely limited intelligence) with basic kindness and respect. So no, it’s not just the same. It is the LEFT that preaches tolerance all day long and it is the LEFT that has none.