There have been racial protests recently at schools such as Yale and University of Missouri. Bill O’Reilly started off his show talking about what is going on behind these protests.
“A hallmark of fascist societies is the denial of free speech and now we see that denial on some college campuses in America.”
O’Reilly believes all of this is a case of students running wild. He showed a video clip of a student reporter being hassled for doing his job and a journalism professor, Melissa Click, threatening to “get some muscle” to remove reporters.
Mr. O’Reilly then talked about the hundreds of students who marched over insensitivity towards Halloween costumes. They cornered the husband of a Yale administrator who sent an email expressing that trying to stop students from dressing up with certain costumes interrupts freedom of expression. The students are not only demanding that she be fired, but cornered her husband and started threatening him.
Bill O’Reilly then said that, perhaps, this generation of college students have been taught that the USA is evil and those teachings have manifested into their current attitudes.
“The nutty college professors have reaped what they’ve sown,” he continued.
Whether or not one agrees with Bill O’Reilly, one can’t deny that threats to freedom of speech, in the disguise of political correctness, are real. And both liberals and conservatives have felt uneasy about it. According to the Huffington Post, even Chris Rock won’t perform at college campuses anymore because of their socially conservative attitudes.
“Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ “
Chris Rock remembers talking to George Carlin about the same thing, and he agreed. Many comedians cannot do their jobs anymore, and if they think they’ll be appreciated at college campuses, once a welcoming place for comedians, they are sorely mistaken.
Roger Kimball from PJ Media spoke at a free speech seminar at Yale a day after students marched and threatened people who didn’t agree with them. He had the same complaints as Bill O’Reilly and described what he believes is happening in higher education.
“Colleges have set themselves up as multicultural, sexually and racially exotic hothouses to breed these noxious, neurasthenic but politically correct creatures who are capable of emotional hysteria but not reasoned argument.”
Mr. Kimball believes these students know less of the past because they have been taught that the past is such a dangerous place, full of things to offend what he calls the racially sensitive, the sexually confused, the politically ignorant, and morally obtuse.
Bill O’Reilly hasn’t had Kimball on his show (yet), but did invite Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer to speak about the events, which he refers to as “poetic justice.”
“The universities, the professors, the administrators — for years now, decades — have been feeding their students historical ignorance, political radicalism, intolerance, and a sense of entitlement and victimization. And now it’s all being thrown back in their faces,” Krauthammer said, while also referring to what the students have been doing as “bullying.”
Bill O’Reilly recalled a time when he went to college and was stopped from going to class from a student activist. He says it did not end well — at least for the student activist. What do you think of Bill O’Reilly’s segment on what he calls college fascism? Let us know in the comments section.
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