Study: Students protesting privilege are able to do so because of their own privilege

Study: Students protesting privilege are able to do so because of their own privilege
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[Ed. – Does this make your head hurt?]

A recent study by two university professors suggests that frequent left-wing campus protests are fueled largely by the “privilege” that many students claim to oppose.

The study, led by Dominique J. Baker of Southern Methodist University and Richard S.L. Blissett of Seton Hall University, analyzed 1,845 institutions and looked into how the “I, Too, Am Harvard” movement of 2014 spread across the nation’s campuses to protest microaggressions.

The study, “Beyond the Incident: Institutional Predictors of Student Collective Action,” found that roughly 40 colleges where the “I, Too, Am” campaigns spread had more selective admissions policies.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the study found those colleges had an average acceptance rate of 45 percent, compared with an acceptance rate of 66 percent in colleges where the campaign did not take place. Furthermore, the colleges where the protests spread also had fewer Pell Grants recipients and fewer low-income students.

In addition to presenting statistics, Blissett and Baker go further, offering a cause for the protests — something lacking in a previous study by the Brookings Institution, which also found that “more-affluent colleges are likelier venues for protests against controversial speakers.”

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