Katy Waldman, Yale ’10, writes for Slate, is a recent graduate, and is obviously no conservative, but even she was shocked.
I was shocked to watch students treat their professors and administrators with such disrespect. But horrified emotional responses aside, itâ€™s troubling to see the Christakises scapegoated for defending the crucial liberal tradition of free speech. Thatâ€™s not to dismiss the pain of students of color; Iâ€™m sure Yale proves far less hospitable to them than to the wealthy white scions it was founded to serve. Nor should anyone mourn the days of good old college fun, when wearing a racist Halloween costume was considered a harmless bit of white wing-spreading. But in censuring the Christakises for wanting to create â€œan intellectual space,â€ students are vociferously exercising the very rightsâ€”to speak out against people and practices they find objectionableâ€”that the Christakises seem to want to protect.
A number of current students at Yale did not like her article one bit.