The irony is that's the same level of reasoning you're ascribing to your so-called millenials.
As Lombardo has posted, the symbol is an alt-right (translation: white supremacist or neo-Nazi) symbol. That's simple. That's not turned up on that arm by accident, in this time and place, when we're seeing a major rise in fascist and white supremacist activity online, not to mention in physical space as happened in Charlottesville.
Which brings us to universities. When I was a student in the late 90s (I'm an academic now), the limits to free speech wasn't something we thought about hugely as you didn't have neo-Nazis on campus, and, pre the Blair, Brown and Cameron governments' programmmes of legislative Islamophobia, we didn't have formal restrictions on freedom of speech in universities in the way we now do due to Prevent. Funnily enough, those who often object to 'millenial snowflakes' are quite happy with the Prevent agenda, where academics are expected to spy on students in case they say something 'extremist'.
Yet at the university I work at now, we have had neo-Nazis on campus. The link below is just one incident, there have been others.
Two members of the British armed forces are currently alleged to have been members of this fascist group, National Action. Now, of course National Action is of local interest to Liverpool, because one of their supporters was jailed for sending anti-semitic abuse to my MP, Luciana Berger.
Their supporters were also involved in this:
Students are taking the fight to these people, on campuses here, in the US and around the world. Of course, at Charlottesville, it got far more serious. Students' efforts in this regard should be commended.
Insofar as limits to 'freedom of speech' have to be enforced, a la Popper's paradox of tolerance (in order to maintain a measure of tolerance it is necessary not to tolerate those who would destroy that tolerance), it's better that this is done by the community, actively engaged and informed on the issues, rather than by the state, which through legislative action drives opinions underground.
Do I agree with every student campaign? Of course not. But I do know that the characterisation of students as 'millenial snowflakes' is wrong; what they are, broadly-speaking, are socially-engaged active citizens who aren't sitting on their arses whilst this stuff goes on, unlike many of the rest of us.
Good for them.
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