Oberlin, OH – Summer Babcock, senior at Oberlin College, decries the Christian privilege in higher education in the United States. “All of society is a safe space for Christians, especially college,” explained Babcock. “They have safe spaces with steeples on every corner. What do they have to be offended about? In contrast, we are constantly bombarded with offensive messages and triggering situations everywhere we turn. Have you seen the cultural appropriation in our cafeteria? Do you know they want students across the US to read poets who are white men? We can’t even skip class to pursue social activism without hurting our grades. I can’t even walk be the TV in the dorm lobby without being offended by SNL. It’s distressing. Can you believe I saw a Trump bumper sticker on campus the other day? I was so triggered I couldn’t eat or go to class the next day.”
Babcock did highlight some occasional, positive aspects of her education: learning about Peter Singer’s argument for infanticide, watching the film Kinsey in class, reading Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens to learn how stupid Christians are, participating in #shoutyourabortion on Twitter with her dorm, being referred to as “ze” in class, and learning Jesus was a gay man who married Mary Magdalene.
While interviewing Babcock, we invited Kelsey Wright, a conservative Christian, to offer her perspective. When asked if she felt college was a safe space, she glanced at Babcock’s shirt which displayed the unofficial Planned Parenthood slogan “Don’t F—k With Us; Don’t F—k Without Us,” and said, “Jesus said, ‘If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.’”