Army veteran who joined Ivy League denounces its 'safe-space culture,' says it divides people - The College Fix:
"..."The Army puts you into situations where your personal success is defined by the success of your team as a whole,” so soldiers must find an overarching commonality with each other even if they look completely different from each other, Deal said.
In contrast, Deal has seen Columbia “facilitating barriers that handicap the mental and emotional growth of students,” he told The Fix.
More than promoting “the free flow of ideas,” the university more often “promote[s] voluntary segregation” for people of different genders, races, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and political affiliations, said Deal, whose fiancee is African American (inset).
For example, Columbia hosts annual retreats for LGBTQ students and students of color, among other resources that encouraging students to affiliate with those who share their own backgrounds.
The school also hosts regular events targeting students from various minority backgrounds.
This week it will host a “T(ea) Party” event for “transgender and non-binary faculty, staff and students to talk, teach, and drink tea.”
Deal believes that “programming and retreats for specific identity groups,” which are often sponsored by the administration, promote more division than unity.
“These institutions are facilitating the ability of students to lock out other identity groups and only engage with people who share their same point of view.
This is a very dangerous road to travel down.”"