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College student thinks 'diversity of opinion' requires 'not tolerating' conservative views

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A student at Swarthmore College thinks that in order to ensure that students are "hearing a diversity of opinion," the institution should "not be tolerating" the "conservative views" of a prominent alumnus.

The student made the comment in reference to a recent discussion between two Princeton professors, Robert George and Cornel West.

"The whole idea is that at a liberal arts college, we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion," the campus newspaper quotes Erin Ching, who graduates in 2016, as saying. "I don't think we should be tolerating [George's] conservative views because that dominant culture embeds these deep inequalities in our society."

West explained why it's good for students to hear from people with whom they disagree. "I’m engaging in dialogue so that many people who would come to see [George] and come to see me can be exposed to a variety of perspectives on the issue,” he said at Swarthmore.

H/T Lachlan Markay

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