TO THE EDITOR:
The fact that a UNC student group interrupted last Thursday night’s town hall meeting to list some absurd demands (with a few reasonable ones mixed in) and then immediately left the meeting to hold its own press conference outside clearly illustrates how people, especially today’s university students, can be unwilling to hear other opinions, thus entrenching themselves further in their own beliefs and thoughts.
I am disappointed in the UNC administration for letting the protestors interrupt the town hall meeting that was facilitating an open discussion, of all things, for students to voice their opinions on how to fix systemic racism. The way the students treated Clarence Page was extremely disrespectful and an embarrassment to UNC. University administrators all around the country are enabling students to act like children by letting them scream their opinions while silencing or walking away from those who may have differing ones.
To the UNC administration: How are you preparing these students for the real world by allowing such childish behavior? I would rather you help students prepare for life after college, instead of giving them a false utopic “safe space” for four years. Challenge the students to learn and grow, help prepare them for reality after college and do not give in to their every demand.
To the progressive students who want change: Learn to listen to the other side of the argument, as this is the key to getting something accomplished when you face opposition.