The importance of having a voice, especially on a college campus, can be as empowering as it is daunting. Recently, Hilltop Views, published an article criticizing the university for being an “echo chamber of liberal views” claiming that conservative voices on campus were being shut down and ignored. On social media, many people combatted this position while others agreed and felt there was truly a lack of conservative representation on campus.
That’s Martha Jamail. She’s a small, green-eyed sophomore philosophy major, and a member of the st.edward’s Young Democratic Socialists club on campus. Here, she’s explaining to me The Political Compass: a two-axis model of the political spectrum between libertarian/authoritarian and economic-left/economic-right.
“I actually just saw it on Know-Your-Meme,” she said chuckling.
We discussed about her take on whether or not St. Edward’s lacking in conservative voices is an issue or if maybe, those conservatives should just…stop complaining.
“Mostly we talked about that article in our last meeting. We were pretty upset by it,” she admitted. “I hear conservative viewpoints on this campus all the time and you can’t really be upset when your voice is the own in power right now.”
The only thing threatening about Martha is the knowledge behind her passionate political stances. As a person who cares about having a voice on campus, she’s not sure she agrees with St. Ed’s exclusively catering to liberals.
“We don’t think there’s a free speech problem on this campus,” Martha said.
Though St. Edward’s is a generally accepting place where the majority of people feel safe enough to express their views, we’re left wondering “whose responsibility should it be to make sure the university is including those who feel excluded?” There will always be differing opinions, especially in politics, but what we can all agree on is the evident drive students have to be heard. Their voices matter, even if they sing to a different tune.