What’s it like to take refuge in a special “safe space” during the RNC? Very, very sad, it turns out, unless you’re really into politically correct coloring books.
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) grabbed headlines, and no small degree of ridicule, when it was revealed the school was maintaining a special “safe space” during the RNC in order to assist those psychologically or physically traumatized by the prospect of Republicans being in Cleveland and giving speeches.
Not willing to let the matter lie, The Daily Caller News Foundation decided to try visiting this safe space directly, since CWRU’s campus lies just a few miles east of the Quicken Loans Arena. A reporter was dispatched to find the safe space (located in the basement of CWRU’s Crawford Hall) and find out what lay inside.
The first attempt, made Wednesday evening, was a complete disaster. It turns out the “safe space” was only operating from 10 a.m to 4 a.m. each day, which hardly seems particularly safe since the “most dangerous” Republican speeches were being made in the evening.
Undeterred, TheDCNF returned Thursday, and this time met more success. While Crawford Hall, the location of the safe space, required a school ID card to enter, TheDCNF’s reporter was able to gain access by posing as a disaffected law student who didn’t have his card on hand.
Inside, TheDCNF was greeted by a moderately heavyset woman with a face covered in several piercings and a shock of dyed, deep red hair.
This shocktrooper for social justice offered TheDCNF’s reporter coffee (he declined), then led him downstairs into the haven of the safe space.
What lay beyond the veil, in the super-secure safe space of unimpeachable safety?
Pretty much nothing, it turns out.
This is what it looked like:
Pretty underwhelming, to say the least. According to TheDCNF’s escort, the reporter was actually the first person to bother showing up for the safe space.
“Do you need somebody to talk to, or just a quiet space?” she asked. Afraid that talking too much would blow his cover, TheDCNF’s reporter said that simple quiet space would be enough. With that, the escort went to a side office to perform some clerical work, leaving TheDCNF to its own devices in a very, very safe space.
And what did this safe space have to offer? Not too much. There was a container of free candy provided by the campus LGBT center, which was nice, although the selection was rather underwhelming for a school that charges more than $45,000 in tuition per year.