I’m an art student. And I’m a conservative. I know what you’re thinking… And yes, we do exist.
Now being a conservative in college is hard enough, but being a conservative in art school is like trying to convince someone that Donald Trump’s tan is au naturel…
It ain’t easy, folks.
But here’s the thing, I live in Kansas. Yeah, the one where Dorothy was from in the Wizard of Oz. The one where a Democrat hasn’t been elected to the U.S. Senate since 1932. The one where there was two consecutive, successful clean sweeps electing Republicans to all statewide offices. And the one that’s in the heartland of America and you’d think would be a conservative safe haven, right?
Ha, yeah…think again.
So I’ve been involved in politics for the last 7 years of my life, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world…but is it too hard for a girl to ask her professors to at least respect the high level of civic engagement, regardless of political affiliation? Apparently.
I’m tired of my #StopHillary sticker being glared at by professors or by my peers. I’m tired of people looking at my RuBAEo sticker with judgmental glances followed by a rapid-fire series of questions regarding every single thing Senator Rubio could have possibly said or done to offend them, ever.
My professors shouldn’t call me out in front of my class saying I ‘must be sexist’ because I’m not supporting Hillary Clinton.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good opportunity to stand up and tell people why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president (hello…it’s my fave pastime!), but calling your female student sexist in front of the entire class is a little extreme. Newsflash: Conservative women are women too!
But I’m not going to run and ask for a safe space from my liberal professors and peers, because I welcome healthy discussion and the competition of ideas, unlike certain professors. *cough cough*
I don’t see the liberal nature of art school changing anytime soon, so I’ll keep doing my thang bringing commonsense, conservative dialogue into liberal art classrooms in an effort to change hearts and minds of our generation.