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When Is A Space 'Safe'?

One term keeps taking center stage in the coverage of campus protests around the country, like this one at the University of California-Berkeley. It’s the phrase “safe spaces.” (Laura Klivans/Youth Radio)
One term keeps taking center stage in the coverage of campus protests around the country, like this one at the University of California-Berkeley. It’s the phrase “safe spaces.” (Laura Klivans/Youth Radio)

One term keeps taking center stage in the coverage of campus protests around the country – it’s the phrase “safe spaces.” You might associate the phrase with elementary school rules – things like “no hands on your neighbor.” But as the country deals with a more racially charged climate, the concept of safe space gets a lot more complicated.

Youth Radio’s Myles Bess tries to unpack the phrase from several different perspectives.

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