The infants at Yale’s Silliman (residential) College may deserve better, but it would have to start with fresh diapers and spankings. When I was a Yale undergraduate about a half century ago, my fellow students were young men, not infants; they had senses of humor. Those who helped us to learn were adults. They did not much care whether their words might offend the easily offended. Neither did we.
This song was sung by the returning class of 1963, my class. I wish I had been able to attend and wonder whether it will eventually cease to be sung at Yale.
In the present context, two events stand out from my undergraduate years. One evening, I watched a hundred or so Yalies walking about demanding Freedom. Yalies of that day were (and those of today probably are) among the most free people on the planet. They carried “We Want Freedom!” signs, none of which even hinted at what they wanted freedom from or of what freedoms they had been deprived. Perhaps they wanted freedom from exams. Or perhaps they just wanted to march around being silly and having a bit of fun. A college environment from which fun is barred would be dreadful.
Another time, I watched a group of Yalies crown Homer Tomlinson King of the World on the steps of Sterling Memorial Library. Tomlinson claimed to have ended the Korean Conflict by flying over the country. None of the Yalies appeared to be at all serious; they were mocking Tomlinson. He seemed to relish their attention and not to understand that he was the butt of their “insensitive” jokes. Another group had a different mission: they were “supporting” Dick Nixon by carrying signs reading “Nobody can lick our …” er, Richard. Nobody wanted, and nobody had, a “safe space” from which different views and mocking were excluded.
I very much hope that the current crop of
students infants infesting Yale is small and not representative of present trends. In that case, safe spaces can be found for them in the scholarly environment shown in this (satirical) video. They should fit right in and find it very congenial.