Dear college campuses,
Stop insisting that I need therapy because Trump is president. Stop sending out five e-mails a day about all the on-campus mental health resources available to help me through these “trying times.” Stop automatically assuming that everyone on your campus is full of seething hatred and fear of the man. Stop acting like we’ve all suffered through some collective, crippling trauma. Stop encouraging students to be hysterical about every single thing Trump does, and stop legitimizing the ones who are. Stop encouraging students to be hysterical about every single ‘bias incident’ that occurs and talking about it like white supremacists have set up shop in our dorms. Stop acting like obvious political bias is commensurate with moral superiority. Stop treating every positive or neutral thing said about Trump like a hate crime against all the minorities on-campus. Stop automatically assuming that I’m quaking in my boots over his presidency because I’m a minority.
You care so much about your students’ mental health that you waited for a topically controversial presidential race to bring up the topic at all. Good on ya.