"There is an element of performance in all protest, necessarily. However, the 'safe space' rhetoric has permeated so deeply that, unintentionally, the left is using a display of weakness as strength. That is, in order to create change, one is to indicate grievous injury on the basis of things which, in the not too distant past, even politically concerned people considered something to walk on by, or make fun of.
"But as sociologist Todd Gitlin has noted, this kind of performed delicacy was alien to leftist protesters of the '60s and beyond."
John McWhorter at CNN criticizes efforts to ban controversial speakers from college campuses.