And just like that, the University of Virginia was completely crossed off our list of colleges and universities to pay a visit.
If you have been following me for a minute, then you know that I have a son that is a senior this year and during the summer, we embarked on seriously looking at which school he would make plans to attend next year. We payed several schools a visit and attended their football camps for the coaches to take a look at my son’s skills, but we were also reviewing the campus to see if it would be a good fit for him as well. After all college is a multi-year commitment that should not be entered into lightly, especially when you consider the cost of attendance these days.
The University of Virginia was a school that we planned to look at, it was not at the top, but I had family that had attended the school previously and I figured it was worth checking out.
That was until we learned of the events that took place in Charlottesville, were also taking place on the campus of the University of Virginia. To my horror I watched in disbelief, but not surprise, at how hate caused people…some people that were not even students…to storm through the streets of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, spewing hateful slurs, garnering tiki torches, and being violet to anyone that got in their way or disagreed with their beliefs. I saw a video of a woman being sucker punched in the face by a man with the same color skin that she had and heard the horrible news that a man used his car as a weapon to murder a woman in cold blood.
Yes, people have freedom of speech. However, what does it say about a school that would allow something of this magnitude to occur at the steps of their educational institution?
Higher learning is supposed to be a place for young adults to find themselves, and expand their world through learning about others, and having healthy debate, but I also expect it to be a place of safety and for the campus to make that priority number one, regardless of any views anyone may have. Let us not forget that even at the college level students can still be suspended and dismissed from the University for neglecting to follow the rules set forth by that institution, but what happens when you allow the world to become part of the campus? What happens when you open the campus up to a place for the banner of racism to be flown freely by none student persons? What happens when things escalate to the point of murder and people become injured and sent to the hospital? How does a school recover from the damage of letting students know this behavior is tolerated and regardless of if the university agrees with it or not….they let it happen on their property.
I know what happened…the University of Virginia is crossed off the list of schools to take a closer look at because clearly I have seen everything that I need to see.
P.S. Sorry about not sharing a food centered blog post with you today, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I appreciate you for rocking with me and the next post will definitely be all about food 🙂