I really enjoyed the basic thesis of your article. I think you have convinced me that safe spaces may be more problematic than I previously believed. I went to college before safe spaces. I nearly dropped out because of the garbage theory a conservative professor spread in introductory economics, and I don’t think having marginalized, oppressed students drop out is the way to change society.
But I realized you are right about exposing students to perverse, traumatizing, or dissenting ideas. It needs to happen, even if it does end up derailing the course of someone’s life. However, you are equally correct that it has to happen with the support of a mentor in a community. My mentor — who prevented me from dropping out in response to repulsive ideas that made me feel I was not welcome in college — happened to be in my life because of a government program called Upward Bound. Liberals put that program in place during the War on Poverty.
While I do not agree that conservatives are inherently community-oriented, based on years of study of social work, social policy, and personal experience with poverty, I do agree doing away with safe spaces is a good idea if we provide students with supportive, mentoring communities.