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UW Creates “Danger Spaces” in an Effort For Equality

It’s no secret that recent events have left a lot of people scared and confused about the future. Political, social, and even racial tensions are at an all-time high, which has caused some people to feel unsafe in their own community. To help combat these fears, last week the Madison City Council passed a resolution creating “safe spaces” at Madison libraries and the City-Council Building. “The hope is that these safe spaces will be areas where students or anyone can come and express their thoughts and ideas without fear of discrimination,” explained City Council member Mark Clear. “We hope that people will take the opportunity to share their experiences without fear of hate.”

However, some have criticized the creation of such safe spaces, saying that they ostracize members of majority groups or limit free speech. That’s why this week, in a bid for equality, the Madison City Council has announced the creation of “danger spaces”. These spaces, located on the second floor of the Humanities building and the entirety of the Lakeshore path, will be places where free speech and ideas of any kind are welcome to be voiced and acted upon. As Clear explained, “We were receiving a lot of pressure from citizens who thought that we were offending them by making them ‘too safe’. So we created these danger spaces to give people places to express their hateful ideas and unleash their violent urges upon each other, instead of on the rest of us.”

The idea was met with instant approval by various fringe groups in the Madison area. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Carl Strong, leader of the Madison Hedonists Society. “Finally, we’ll have a place to express our ideals and be free from the judgmental gaze of others. Some people think that our activities are offensive, but I think that’s just the politically correct climate that is so prevalent these days. If you ask me, political correctness is the most damaging thing to our public morals today. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for an orgy.”

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for us,” agreed Steve Kendall, head wizard of the Madison Wizards and Witches Society. “Finally we have a place to perform our occult rituals and blood sacrifices without fear of judgement, or even worse, the law. You don’t know how many times we’ve had to put a demonic summoning on hold because my neighbors called in a noise complaint. Now we’re free to brew our potions in peace. My only concern is that we might have to go to Lakeshore path to do it. Have you seen some of the weirdos that hang out there?”

City Council member Mark Clear says that no matter what the danger spaces are used for, the overall message is of equality. “We just want to make sure that everyone feels free to express their beliefs and ideas free from prejudice,” said Clear, “whether that be in a safe space or a danger space. The point isn’t to divide people, it’s to bring them together.” When asked if he would be visiting any of the danger spaces personally, Clear said, “I never walked down Lakeshore path before, you can bet your ass I’m not going to do it now.”


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