On the surface, this is Bizarro World stuff. A bunch of reactionary male religious fundamentalists attempt to disrupt a talk by an ethnic minority woman they don’t like after claiming the event was “violation of their safe space”. And then the same college’s Feminist Society issues a statement of solidarity with these men. What in Cthulhu’s name is going on?
Who else thought the disgraced Welfare & Diversity Officer Bahar Mustafa wasn’t just a single bad apple but a symptom of something more deeply rotten at the heart of Goldsmith’s College?
Some people try to shut down us white male liberals when we criticise the excesses of identity politics or the misuse of “safe spaces”. But the terrible events in Paris ought to serve as a reminder of why extremism is everyone’s business and everyone’s problem. The people who were gunned down in cold blood at The Bataclan did not enjoy the luxury of a safe space. And the mealy-mouthed victim-blaming response to the earlier Charlie Hebdo massacre by the repellent Arthur Chu serves to remind us that some so-called “Social Justice Warriors” are themselves part of the problem.
I have no idea whether or not Goldsmith’s College is a hotbed of ISIS sympathisers, but I would not be the least bit surprised if it was. And when London suffers the inevitable Paris-style attack, I wouldn’t surprised either if any of the terrorists turned out to have some connection with Goldsmith’s.