We are not a nation of immigrants, as Democrats are fond of saying in support of their open border policy. We are, however, a nation of snowflakes, judging from the findings of a new study published in the October Journal of American College Health.
Researchers surveyed 769 students at Arizona State University and found that one-quarter of them suffered distress levels similar to what’s seen among witnesses to a mass shooting.
Via the Daily Mail:
The most severe cases were seen among women, black, and non-white Hispanic students, who were 45 percent more likely to feel distressed by the 2016 run between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Lead researcher Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, believes the ‘divisive tone’ about race, identity, and what makes a valuable American ‘really heightened stress for a lot of people’.
The study notes that 56.4% of the student respondents — the vast majority of whom were dissatisfied with the election outcome — are from Arizona, a state that Donald Trump won. Since the university is largely a commuter campus, this statistic is presumably meant to show that even students from environments where discussion of Trump was positive were traumatized by his upset victory.
The problem with this assumption is that universities throughout the U.S. are bastions of liberal thought where young, impressionable students can’t help but be influenced, if not brainwashed, by the words and deeds of political zealots among the faculty. This is reflected in the campaign contributions made by universities in America. As an example, the University of California, which contributes far and away the most to political campaigns of any school in the nation, donated $3,078,763 in 2017-2018. Of that sum, $2,798,047 went to Democratic candidates, while $91,171 went to Republican candidates.
In the final analysis the ASU study does nothing more than quantify a phenomenon that was first reported on right after the 2016 election. In November 2016, LU reported that students at Barnard College stressed by Hillary Clinton’s loss were “pampered with coloring books (feminist themes, of course), snacks, and liberals’ answer to all the ills of the world: hot cocoa.”
One shudders at the thought of what these fragile young creatures will do if the Democrats fail to win majorities in either House in two weeks.