After reading numerous articles about Hurricane Harvey [“Second landfall brings more flooding,” front page, Aug. 31] and the kindness, generosity and courage it has generated among citizens and first responders [“Aid teams ready to begin working but cannot get in,” news, Aug. 31, and “In Houston, the hospitality of strangers shines through,” news, Aug. 31], I came across George F. Will’s Aug. 31 op-ed, “At Yale, silliness in stone.” It was depressing. Amid tragedy, Mr. Will still found the time to rail against Yale and other universities and colleges for offering such awful things as “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.” According to Mr. Will, this type of coddling and sensitivity is ruining our younger generation by not preparing them adequately for the unfair and unjust world they will inhabit.
I saw a quote recently by L.R. Knost that sums up what Mr. Will seems to fear every time he rails against being politically correct or being sensitive toward minorities. Ms. Knost said, “It is not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It is our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” Mr. Will’s continual condemnation of so-called bleeding hearts is not only getting a little old and worn, but it also is stoking even more division and resentment among his fellow citizens.
Patricia J. Lewis, Alexandria