University of Virginia student: “I haven’t slept in my room since the election”

The author of this piece is Ian Ware. From his Twitter bio: “I’m like a queer politibro minus the marriage-only tunnel vision -19- part time culture critic, full time student.”

He sent out this article in this tweet: “responding to fear the only way i know how — writing a fuckin op ed.” Read it and weep.

The author Ian Ware/Picture from his Twitter feed

The author Ian Ware/Picture from his Twitter feed

From WaPo: Since the election, I haven’t slept in my dorm room once. I’ve slept on couches, futons, floors and unoccupied beds in my friends’ homes. At first, it came from a need to be with people who supported me and understood how scary this political moment is for young people who grew up under the liberal auspices of an Obama presidency and came of age politically in a time marked by progressive movements such as that of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But after I went home for clean clothes to find an anti-gay hate message written on my door, right next to a set of stickers spelling out “Vote 4 Hillary,” my couch-surfing took on new urgency. I was no longer searching for comfort from my peers — I was trying to preserve a sense of safety.

In the past month, highly visible hate crimes and bias incidents at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville have increased rapidly, mirroring a national trend. A Star of David and the word “Juden” were spray-painted on an apartment complex popular with students; Muslim students in a residential college noted for its progressive population came home to “Terrorist” written outside their door; several officers in the university police force used the public announcement system on their police car to blast pro-Trump statements at students walking home after the results of the election became clear.

And, largely, the university’s response has fallen far short. The administration has sent emails with quotes from our esteemed founder Thomas Jefferson to quell students’ fears and bring the community together. Vague descriptions of the hate-based incidents were circulated to make us feel as if university officials were handling the situations. A protest and occupation of a Board of Visitors meeting revealed that many of the very people appointed by the governor to run our university weren’t even aware of the recent events.

Now, U-Va. is failing its students. The university is tasked with creating an environment in which all students can learn from some of the most accomplished faculty in the country. It is not succeeding. Our students are among the best and brightest, but the administration seems to think that we won’t recognize lackluster protection and response efforts for what they are: conciliatory at best, a dangerous precedent at worst.

If this school wants to commit itself to protecting students and creating a safe learning environment, it must do more than send emails meant to placate a terrified population. The university must thoroughly investigate and adjudicate all hate-crime incidents, including those committed by university employees. Placing police officers on paid administrative leave after they abuse their power to intimidate students while on duty is not enough.

The university must refuse to bend to any federal legislation that may be passed in the coming months and years that would directly harm its students. Female students deserve access to reproductive health services, undocumented students deserve access to education as well as protection from dislocation or deportation, and Muslim students deserve to learn at our university without fear. This school has the power to ensure these things, and it must take the side of student protection if it wishes to fulfill its mission of educational excellence.

Many will read this and call me a coddled child. If fear for my safety and the safety of my fellow students is childish, then so be it.

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I expect more from my university, my community, my country. I expect safety, respect and tolerance. I deserve these things. As do we all. And if our universities do not reflect that with policies and protections that keep students safe and secure so that we may learn and grow, then the onus is on those of us with the ability to push for change to do just that.

I hope to return to my dorm, to sleep in my own bed and feel safe there. I’m not sure if that will happen soon. I’m not sure if my university really cares.

DCG

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29 responses to “University of Virginia student: “I haven’t slept in my room since the election”

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  2. He called himself “coddled and childish.” So that’s what I called him in my link to this post!

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  3. more proof that liberalism is a mental illness

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  4. Horse-pucky! Whining and “Hate-Crime” Hoaxes.
    What you “deserve” is swift kick in the butt.
    And a real job to pay your own bills, instead of adding to the Cry-Baby Crescendo as the curtain comes down on 8 years of Obamunist Insanity, Clinton Crime, Crony “Capitalism”, and Globalist Elite totalitarianism. Oh, yeah! And Fidel’s Funeral!

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  5. There were times in my College days- where I too didn’t sleep in my dorm either for weeks – BECAUSE I WAS OUT GETTING LUCKY!!
    Not cowering in a corner like a whipped p****! (puppy!)
    Man up! You lost!
    Think for yourself!
    If I, as a heterosexual, middle aged, self employed, white man (with children) could survive that last 8 years under Obomber- you can easily do at least 4 with Trump! I mean EASILY!

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  6. Having served myself, the most obvious question is how Senior Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman would have responded to this epic snibbling?

    No doubt by a long string of expletives and the term jackwagon.

    Basically, young man, you had best unf–k yourself, ASAP! Punctuated, perhaps, by a swift kick in the 4th point of contact and a compulsory, muddy PT session.

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    • Gary: I cant even imagine this sniveling moron being in the same “Boot Camp” I was in during the 1960s, not only would he have gotten slapped upside his stupid head constantly by the D.I [Drill Instructor] but given a few blanket parties by his fellow recruits until he either shaped up or got booted out. These “Useful Idiots” are not only an embarrassment to the country but as men.

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      • All 3 of you guys are the best!
        I didn’t read down far enough, just jumped on harpertwo’s “majority” comment. Lit me up!
        They are NOT any kind of “majority”, just super protected p-farts.

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  7. These sniveling kids are REALLY gonna have something to cry about if the Jill Stein recount of the battleground states wins and they give Hillary the presidency. This just the beginning of chaos.

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  8. Kevin J Lankford

    American universities are meant to be institutions for higher learning, and that is all. They were not meant to be political havens, sanctuaries for illegal aliens, or safe zones for enemies of our republic harboring culture, morality, and political ideologies and pursuits contradictory to our Constitution and rule of law.
    {does sound a little ridiculous considering our own political elites regard for our Constitution and rule of law.}

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  9. I just shudder to think that these miscreants are the “hope of the future!” Shame on the parents who raised such sissies.

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  10. Young man, you have been programmed, not educated. It’s time to get an education, assuming you truly want one.
    You’re not a robot–you’ve got a brain, don’t you? Learn to use it.

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  11. hahaha what a little sissy boy. no doubt he got beat up plenty of times in elementary school

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  12. Actually, I applaud Ian Ware because if he’s representatives of young “Progressives,” they make our job of draining the swamp easier because being weaklings, they’ll simply self-destruct.

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  13. O/T,
    Dr. Eowyn,
    Do you whats going on with James Tracy and MHB?

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  14. Thanks!!!

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  15. He sounds JUST like family members who JUST can’t get it together, so they show up at your door or worse, when you arrive home they are waiting on your porch, and you can’t let them inside, because, if you do you will never ever get rid of them. and your sympathy gets you in more than you or yours can deal with.

    Nightmare

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  16. Aren’t many of these ‘hate’ crimes later found out to have been committed by the very people who claim they’ve been wronged?

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/5088/11-times-left-pushed-anti-lgbt-hoaxes-ben-shapiro

    In addition, way-back-when, the media neglected to mention that the Matthew Sheppard murder case (Wyoming, 1998) involved homosexual on homosexual crime as well as drugs. The Sheppard case is the story the media ran with to push the ‘hate’ crimes agenda and was the beginning of the end for traditional norms of family etc. The ‘acceptance’ of the LGBTQ ‘lifestyle’ was paramount. The media never reported on the very high rate of assaults, battery, and even murders that occur among homosexuals themselves. That didn’t fit the agenda. Here’s a mainstream article from the U.K., 13 years later however–and only because a book had been written about the real Matthew Sheppard story. Of course, 13 years later, the story had died off in everyone’s minds and the LGBTQ agenda was in full swing.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/26/the-truth-behind-americas-most-famous-gay-hate-murder-matthew-shepard

    –Strangely, it all reminds me of a very similar modus operandi:
    Former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni interviewed by NPRs Amy Goodman:
    “It’s a trick, we always use it.”

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  17. WHY is this child going HOME for clean clothes?? Does he take them home for mommy to do?? Is he so pathetic that he can’t even do his own laundry? It sounds like he depends on mommy and daddy to foot ALL his needs as well. What he really needs to do is get a JOB, grow up and quit living off mommy and daddy. Want to be a man or a child all of your life????
    Even birds and animals kick their young out when the time comes!

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  18. What gives this moron the idea he ” deserves ” anything ? The only thing he ” deserves ” are some leather goods ……A belt in the mouth and a boot in the ass !!!!
    Respect is something you earn with good deeds , not because you think you deserve it , or the way you carry yourself .
    Go back to mommy’s basement tool !

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  19. I didn’t realize that stickers and paint could be so frightening. This guy is laughable. I highly doubt all the crimes happened as he claims. He seems to be a drama queen.

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