Many universities across the country, including NAU, are considered liberal when it comes to their political point of view. There are very few conservative supporters sprinkled in the population and they are severely outnumbered.
As a conservative, I have experienced hardships when it comes to being able to speak my mind both in the classroom and around campus.
When the topic of politics comes up in a discussion, conservatives tend to keep their mouths shut. This is not the case for all. But for some, that is just the way it goes now.
We don’t want to face the confrontation and feel like the world is against us. Whenever the president or “MAGA” is brought up, you will hear students comment about racism and bigotry and say that anyone who supports President Trump must have some sort of hatred toward some group of people.
I personally don’t have the desire to open up in a classroom and say that these comments are wrong and shouldn’t be said. But, if that were to happen, it could change how some people see me as a person.
Nobody wants to be hated just because of the political party they support. Most of the time, this isn’t a real issue and people will just look past it and go on with their lives.
But there are those radical leftists who have so much love and trust for their political views that they will consider you to be a racist bigot. That is just the way it seems to be for conservative students.
It is just a weird concept to think that these leftist students believe that they are the tolerant group, when in reality, they do exactly what they think the right-winged supporters do. They harass and name call, which is what they say conservatives do to them.
I am not saying that all liberals act this extreme. Most are just trying to go on with their day-to-day lives. But it is those few that make us conservative students shut our mouths and just let them rant on and on about racism, how this country is so terrible and how white people are the problem.
That’s fine. You can believe whatever you want to believe. Conservatives that are very tolerant of how the world works now have no issue with you speaking your mind. That is what’s great about this country. We have the ability to speak our minds.
Let’s just be honest and say that if conservative students were speaking their mind on how the left is acting, they would be torn apart verbally and not be able to protect themselves due to the sheer number of left supporters there are on campus.
From a personal perspective, I just want to be able to have a say in a debate in class or have a different point of view without being labeled as so many have already been.
Will that time come? As of right now, there is no end in sight for those on the “forever evil” conservative support group to stop being ostracized.
All we can do is wait and see.