This poorly-written list of demands from the University of Vermont (UVM) Black Student Union demonstrates why education, not safe spaces, needs to be the focus on campus.

As more and more college campuses are converted from educational institutions to sprawling safe spaces, the failings of education become more and more visible. While it’s entertaining enough to poke fun at protest signs scrawled in magic marker, like a bid for 8th grade class president, the lengthier writing often shows a much deeper failing in basic education, which has made its way to the university level, under the guise of diversity. There have even been claims that expecting a student’s writing to utilize proper grammar is perpetuating racism, somehow. It’s a new era, where it’s racist to suggest that people of all races are capable of learning basic writing skills.

It’s not that everybody can be expected to be a literary genius, but as the UVM Black Student Union’s list of demands shows, it seems that nobody is anymore. It’s difficult to believe that not a single person in UVM’s Black Student Union is capable of utilizing a comma, and it’s more likely that the protesters just don’t actually care that much about what they’re doing. Anybody that took themselves seriously at all would have taken ten minutes to proofread – or at least have someone else do so.

If you applied for a job with a resume this poorly written, it’s incredibly unlikely that you would be considered for even a moment. It’s not about having impeccable grammar, so much as bothering to put forth even a token amount of effort. It took about five minutes to find over 30 errors, comprising a slew of missing commas, several errors in word usage, and a handful of extraneous words.

Student protesters presenting anything this poorly written, which eschews any meaningful proofreading, should not be taken seriously by educators anywhere. The laziness of the effort betrays an intent, not to create an environment for learning, but to justify the campaign of aggression and violence, meant to silence other viewpoints.

The very same group of people vehemently defending the right of NFL players to refuse to stand for the National Anthem want to label it a hate crime to remove a “Black Lives Matter” flag from a flagpole on campus. It seems to be lost on them that it has to be a crime before you can label it a “hate crime.” If you dare to cite the left’s criminal vandalism – it takes five minutes to fly a flag, and hundreds of hours to make a statue – you immediately lose any right to free speech, which they’ll make very clear with bludgeons and mace.

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