Yale Professor Quits Over University’s Concern With Being Politically Correct

Colleges across the nation are experiencing a very real problem: political correctness.

After protests have broken out on campuses throughout the U.S., students and faculty alike have grown weary of speaking out on various issues that can be misconstrued as insulting. Incidents at Claremont McKenna College and UCLA have only strengthened the argument to steer clear of anything not communally deemed “politically correct.”

But a Yale professor just wasn’t having it, so she decided to speak up. In an response to the school’s email encouraging students to not wear culturally insensitive Halloween costumes, Erika Christakis – an Associate Master at the school – completely condemned the message.

“Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious … a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?…Whose business is it to control the forms of costumes of young people? It’s not mine, I know that.”

After a few weeks of outcry, Christakis has officially left the university’s teaching staff.

According to the New York Times, Christakis announced her resignation yesterday. Her husband Nicholas Christakis – a sociology professor who defended her statements made back in October – announced he will also go on sabbatical for a month.

The university made a statement shortly after:

Erika Christakis is a well-regarded instructor, and the university’s leadership is disappointed that she has chosen not to continue teaching in the spring semester. Her teaching is highly valued and she is welcome to resume teaching anytime at Yale, where freedom of expression and academic inquiry are the paramount principle and practice.

Twitter had a lot to say about the recent resignation.

Apparently the professional victims at Yale actually made that professor resign. Jesus Christ this is ridiculous

— NFreak (@mcc_nfreak) December 8, 2015

Yale Professor says "kids today" are too sensitive; students criticize her, then professor quits in a huff. #KidsToday?

— Jeff Hauser (@jeffhauser) December 8, 2015

I was annoying in college, but I was never an entitled bully who tried to silence ppl who disagreed with me #yaleprofessor #freespeech

— jamie (@jamieradice) December 8, 2015

Erika Christakis resigned from Yale today!!!! Direct action gets the goods. So happy to hear!💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

— Muna (@Muna_Mire) December 8, 2015

Numerous Yale professors have stated their support for the couple in an extensive open letter.

Do you think the school took it too far? Sound off in the comments below.

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