I feel the need to comment because as someone who is 20, I can tell you this is a very real thing. So real that people at college campuses will scream and shout at you for just having a different opinion or view. I'm an independent/centrist. I hold both conservative and liberal views. With that being said....I can tell you that 95% (I'm betting) of people who believe in micro aggressions and being triggered are liberals. I'm bringing up politics because I truly believe where the root of this issue is from the 2016 election. Around the time Trump became president, young people who are naturally more liberal were upset. However, academia plays a huge role in this as most professors in my opinion are extremely liberal. Professors fuel this fear into young people instead of being non bias, open minded people.
And before I go further, I just want you guys to know I don't worship the ground trump walks on or anything. I like a lot of his policies and then there are some I really don't agree with - I hold conservative and liberal values.
SJW's (social justice warriors) can be found at almost every university, community college, private institution, etc. These people are nick named social justice warriors because they literally will go into a fit of rage when someone does not agree with them - mainly on social issues such as feminism, the racial divide in America, etc. They become very triggered and a lot of the time will start to cry and go into a designated safe space that the college offers (yes....this is very real. Google lol) A well known example of this is when a conservative speaker went to Berkley (a college that is historically known for free speech) a few years ago and riots ensued on the campus (there were fires, things being destroyed and thrown, etc. Google this also) before he could really even do his speech thanks to SJW's who were being violent. Keep in mind there are SO many liberal/left leaning speakers who come yearly to Berkley and most colleges around the U.S. I don't think banning and pushing out conservative voices in a place where full range of opinion and thought should be discussed is fair whatsoever. People are so one sided they're not even okay with someone with a different view or opinion come to their campus. This speaker like most conservative speakers, was not racist, a bigot, homophobic (infact, he's a gay jewish man) or problematic at all, he has a huge following with college age conservatives and gained popularity and toured U.S. colleges because if we are being completely honest - its hard holding conservative views in college and voicing them because there is such a fear someone will freak out on you!
Then we go into why are they like this. Well a lot of this in my opinion has to do with social media. "Following whats trendy" is of course nothing new when we talk about young people. However, I find that a lot of these social justice warriors (most that I know, not all) grew up in middle class and upper middle class families. I find that a lot of these people have cars that are paid for by their parents and have tuitions that they didn't have to pay for themselves. What I'm trying to say that these privileged children have never really knew something that they've wanted to stick up for because they've been handed everything. So when they see things on social media or see their favorite celebs talk about issues that shouldn't even be issues - they feel compelled to stand behind whatever movement is cool at the moment because it makes them feel like they are apart of something bigger than themselves. Usually the topics these people are so radical about are not even major issues and half of the time they don't think with facts but rather their feelings. If you disagree with them and tell them why they will say you're being aggressive and talking in a threatening manner. These people also tend to love Bernie sanders and socialism? Like I said these kids have had everything handed to them so they don't understand the value of working and earning your way and of course they don't bother to understand economics. I'm telling you guys THIS is where the word became popular - college campuses because these people cannot listen or tolerate any other point of view and it is encourage by what they see on social media and professors. I literally was discussing a very mild topic with someone I thought was cool In my class and she said you are literally triggering me right now Abby. I'm sorry but I can't be friends with someone who thinks like that. What?? lol uhh okay I didn't know we all had to agree on every subject ever to get along, that's the beauty of America right? It blows my mind how normalized this way of thinking and acting already is. This is also why so many people who were independents or on the fence now claim they are conservatives now. There are radicals on both sides of the spectrum but as someone who takes from both I can say at least with people my age one political party is very radical nowadays versus the other. I'm not talking about grassroot liberals and independents, I'm talking about full blown SJW's and how toxic they are to society. Sorry guys I know this was long lol but seriously I feel like a lot of the younger people up here could agree with me.
Also one last thing. I don't think "triggered" and its origins had so much to do with actual trauma - its main purpose was to shut down and disregard the opinions of others. As someone who went through a very real "triggering" situation about 5 years ago, it kinda annoys me that the term is thrown around loosely over things that aren't triggering lol. Its also annoying how everyone else in society is seemingly catering to these people instead of nipping it in the bud in fear of being called racist, xenophobic, homophobic, or 'not being sensitive enough' But that was my rant for the week, thanks for coming to my Ted Talk folks. Phew, lol.