Campus activism isn’t what it used to be.While campus protesters in prior generations protested for civil rights, free speech, against apartheid, and against war, that generation must be turning in their graves after seeing what passes for activism today. Perhaps the most outrageous causes of today’s campus crazies include protesting “offensive” Halloween costumes, de-platforming any college speaker who has even a single controversial view, protesting the presence of statues of historical figures on campus (including Thomas Jefferson – the HORROR!), and “racist cafeteria food.”
Not only have the causes been dumbed-down – so have the tactics. According to reporting by the Washington Free Beacon, the latest protest strategy is nothing more than an old-fashioned hunger strike – except you can eat.A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits. The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.
“Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away,” the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. “We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”
Yale doctoral students currently earn a stipend of $30,000 a year, receive free health care, and have their $40,000 tuition paid in full, according to Yale News. The university administration said in a statement that they understood the students concerns, but “strongly [urge] that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so.”As it turns out, the hunger strike might not put anyone’s health in peril. According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.
Halikias eventually ended up briefly “protecting” his Twitter account (so only approved followers could read his tweets), and it’s not hard to see why in light of the mockery following this “inspirational” protest.
@blakehounshell I eat when im hungry too but I don't call it a hunger strike— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 27, 2017
I'm a vegetarian. But I also eat chicken, beef, and pork. https://t.co/8vOHbddK1y
— Ian Tuttle (@iptuttle) April 26, 2017
Turns out I've been on a symbolic hunger strike my entire life https://t.co/PzXma19AR7
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 26, 2017
For the record, I’m on strike from work from 5:01PM-8:59AM.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]