ARE SOME SAFE SPACES REALLY A NECESSITY?

Written by on August 15, 2018

Story by: Chuck Tackett

ARE SOME SAFE SPACES REALLY A NECESSITY?

Before I begin this article, I would like to dedicate it to my friend Luis whose words gave me the inspiration for this article. Thanks so much, mi amigo.

Safe space – A place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, harassment or any other emotional or physical harm.

For the longest time, when I heard the maxim, ‘safe space,’ my thoughts automatically linked to facilities that serviced female and male domestic abuse survivors.

As I became older and experienced a variety of folks with different opinions and viewpoints, my thoughts on ‘safe spaces’ expanded to members of the LGBTQ community, especially when it came to Transgender women of color.

In a perfect world, the United States of America would live up to its immortal declaration that is based on its existence that “all men are created equal…” Down through the centuries, it was apparently clear that those European founding fathers were the only invitees to what one could say was the original safe space. Truth be told, anyone else who occupied this country was either seen as not human or less than. Perverted thinking is coming from people who were trying to escape to freedom from the clutches of European rule.

Fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, as more and more marginalized people were added to the list whom the majority felt were not worthy of equal rights under that immortal declaration, it seemed that the meaning of safe space has evolved. As the descendants of the European invaders are quickly becoming the minority of the United States, they are frightened that marginalized people will treat them in the same unjust and evil ways. To maintain their manifest destiny, their supremacy, they have started to use the game of projection, claiming now that they are victims, and being treated unfairly.

In the urban dictionary, ‘safe space’ has evolved into a meaning of “a place where cowards with cultural authoritarians and pro-censorship leanings go to in order to evade criticisms and calling out of whatever absurd ideas they may express, as well as ideas that are even slightly opposed to the safe space dwellers’ ideas. These are labeled as whatever kind of bigotry would make the safe space dweller look like the victim the most.”

There was a second definition that the urban dictionary had that is my favorite and that I felt really hit the nail on the head. It goes as followed:

“An imaginary place where overly sensitive twats retreat to when they are ‘assaulted’ with ideas that contradict the narrative that was ingrained into their feeble mind.”

Both definitions, in my opinion, fits Ultra Progressives and Ultra Conservatives alike. In my life experiences, I have dealt with both. No one has a monopoly on that kind of backward and unproductive thinking.

Now, don’t get it twisted. When this kind of thinking leads to physical violence and bullying, then that is a totally different situation as comic and actress Leslie Jones recently expressed when she was interviewed on “The Van Jones Show” on CNN. Safe space is needed, and folks in authoritative positions need to step up and have a backbone to abusers.

All the historical problems that have plagued our country for eons won’t start to diminish, unless EVERYONE has a difficult discussion with each other, and truly listen. It can’t be one-sided. There must be a willingness to face some hard truths and not that bullshit alternative facts.

Chuck’s Chat operates under an open authority. Opinions and comments are always welcome. Send them to soultraindancing@yahoo.com




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