Indian American Neetu Chandak, a student at Cornell University, recently wrote in an essay in The College Fix that she has had to undergo therapy after appearing on “Fox and Friends” last year to express her concerns about liberal bias in the coursework at her college.
After she came on the show to share her objection to a particular course description which seemed overly critical of President Donald Trump while glorifying former President Barack Obama, she received threats and constant harassment and was afraid to leave her apartment, she said in the College Fix essay dated Jan. 12.
She even considered dropping out of her classes and finishing her degree in online courses but ended up undergoing therapy.
“I stayed in my room for days because I wanted to avoid campus. Even though there were a lot of messages of support from home, I grappled with the fear of not being accepted or respected simply because of my views, of being mocked and taunted, and possibly even attacked,” she wrote.
“Considering that Cornell University’s College Republicans president was physically assaulted right after Trump was elected — shoved to the ground and called a ‘racist bitch’ — threats around here are no joke,” she wrote.
On the Fox and Friends show, she referred to a specific course titled “America Confronts the World” and said that she disagreed with the description of the course, which was comparing Obama’s eight years of “pragmatic cosmopolitanism” to Trump’s 100 days of “xenophobic nationalism.”
“I had done the interview, not to show support or disagreement with any particular person, but to show the ridiculousness in comparing eight years of Obama’s presidency to the first 100 days of Trump’s term. While I expected disagreement from many Cornellians for my views, I was mentally and emotionally unprepared for the backlash, name calling, and threats to my physical safety,” she told Fox News in an article appearing Jan. 12.
“It is difficult to express conservative views as a college student without being called names, attacked personally, or even threatened by peers,” Chandak wrote in the essay on The College Fix.
“Many found it acceptable to be hateful toward me because they perceived me as hateful. What hypocrisy,” she told Fox News adding “I am not alone in my struggle. Many people holding views similar to mine will likely not express their beliefs in the classroom or on campus out of fear of facing the isolation and threats I faced. This becomes a disadvantage for college students as the entire point is to learn about various ideas.”
A May 9 story last year in Cornell Sun, a campus newspaper, carried a story on Chandak’s interview on “Fox and Friends” and quoted college Republicans saying that “while the wording of the course description seemed skewed toward Obama and liberalism, they believed the professor would have welcomed other viewpoints.”
Chandak, has won Miss Upstate New York’s Outstanding Teen in 2013, and was crowned Miss Seneca Falls in 2016. She is now a senior at Cornell University.