College professors and Trump

As the stunning upset by Donald J. Trump for the presidency continues to sink in, one group feeling particularly perplexed consists of those sophisticated professors who teach students across our colleges and universities.

They are confused as to how the candidate who ran up a laundry list of offensive statements on the campaign trail was not soundly defeated by his polished, feminist rival, as was destined to happen. They wonder how uneducated, working-class voters missed the memo regarding the consequences for when intolerant language is used openly and unapologetically in the public sphere.

They wonder how safe spaces, which are lovingly provided to students who feel especially vulnerable to harsh dialogue, have not resonated in the same way off campus as an effective response to divisive rhetoric. They wonder how over one-fourth of Latinos cast their ballots in favor of a president-elect who damaged their self-esteem. To the dismay of these educators, this election has been a referendum on the insular nature and selective censorship that is growing increasingly common inside the walls of our higher education institutions. Perhaps it’s time for these tenured instructors to step outside of their bubble and learn how to dig some coal.