Editor’s note: Incivility should not be new normal

Mon, 2017-05-15

Ingrid Jacques | The Detroit News 

The snowflakes that populate the country’s colleges and universities are transitioning from offended to offensive. And their actions are threatening free speech.

These students are so put out by any viewpoint that differs from their own, they are rebranding college campuses as places where diversity of thought goes to die.

That’s a troubling trend.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, one of the favorite targets of the left, got another dose of incivility last week when she gave the commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black institution in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Students in the audience were so outraged that DeVos stood in front of them, they booed and screamed and turned their backs to her. It’s painful to watch.

DeVos continued on with her 20-minute speech, which ironically called for tolerance.

“While we will undoubtedly disagree at times, I hope we can do so respectfully,” DeVos told the unruly crowd. “Let's choose to hear one another out.”