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Free speech on the run: Schools pursue 'diversity' in everything but thought


Brilliant article by Geroge Will.

Want to know what liberals will do to America if given the chance? Look no further than what they've done to America's universities, which they control.



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In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration — acting as prosecutor, judge and jury — convicted him of “openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.”

“Openly.” “Related to.” Good grief.

The book, “Notre Dame vs. the Klan,” celebrated the 1924 defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a fight with Notre Dame students. But some of Sampson’s co-workers disliked the book’s cover, which featured a black-and-white photograph of a Klan rally. Someone was offended, therefore someone else must be guilty of harassment.

This non sequitur reflects the right never to be annoyed, a new campus entitlement. Legions of administrators, who now outnumber full-time faculty, are kept busy making students mind their manners, with good manners understood as conformity to liberal politics.

Liberals are most concentrated and untrammeled on campuses, so look there for evidence of what, given the opportunity, they would do to America. Ample evidence is in “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate” by Greg Lukianoff, 38, a graduate of Stanford Law School who describes himself as a liberal, pro-choice, pro-gay rights, lifelong Democrat who belongs to “the notoriously politically correct Park Slope Food Co-Op in Brooklyn” and has never voted for a Republican “nor do I plan to.” But as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), he knows that the most common justifications for liberal censorship are “sensitivity” about “diversity” and “multiculturalism,” as academic liberals understand those things.

In recent years, a University of Oklahoma vice president has declared that no university resources, including e-mail, could be used for “the forwarding of political humor/commentary.” The College at Brockport in New York banned using the Internet to “annoy or otherwise inconvenience” anyone. Rhode Island College prohibited, among many other things, certain “attitudes.” Texas Southern University’s comprehensive proscriptions included “verbal harm” from damaging “assumptions” or “implications.” Texas A&M promised “freedom from indignity of any type.” Davidson banned “patronizing remarks.” Drexel University forbade “inappropriately directed laughter.” Western Michigan University banned “sexism,” including “the perception” of a person “not as an individual, but as a member of a category based on sex.”

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mmcgrath
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Why do some people dig up half stories that are months and years old? And when you dig into the stories it is never as bad as it was made to look.





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Why do some people never present their argument using facts, and merely dismiss things as old?





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It's a 5 year old story where the guy was never disciplined and apologized to. Yet you want to equate it to some conservative conspiracy against "liberals" which apparently include anyone in education or who (mistakenly) is offended by something.


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No meassage is about right for your level of argument.





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Why do some people dig up half stories that are months and years old? And when you dig into the stories it is never as bad as it was made to look.
Which part of Will's article do you have in mind?

Which part is a "half story?"

What is the rest of the story?



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Nm


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I could literally litter this thread with assinine story after assinine story of what I witnessed "progressives" do during my 10+ year career in higher ed at the University level.

Of course, if I did, I'd be called a liar/racist/homophobe etc by the same ilk who perpetrated the nonsense.

You people really have no idea. None. And what I witnessed was at a supposedly "conservative" school.






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From the article:

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Many campuses congratulate themselves on their broad-mindedness when they establish small “free-speech zones” where political advocacy can be scheduled. At one point Texas Tech’s 28,000 students had a “free-speech gazebo” that was 20 feet wide. And you thought the First Amendment made America a free-speech zone.

At Tufts, a conservative newspaper committed “harassment” by printing accurate quotations from the Koran and a verified fact about the status of women in Saudi Arabia. Lukianoff says that Tufts may have been the first American institution “to find someone guilty of harassment for stating verifiable facts directed at no one in particular.”

Political correctness taken to the point of insanity.






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Want to know what liberals will do to America if given the chance? Look no further than what they've done to America's universities, which they control.

America's universities are the envy of the world.






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America's universities are the envy of the world.
How do you know this? How many foreign countries have you traveled to? How many have you lived in?

I'd say the American job market is the envy of the world.









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The College at Brockport in New York banned using the Internet to “annoy or otherwise inconvenience” anyone. Rhode Island College prohibited, among many other things, certain “attitudes.”


Could the writer be any more vague?






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America's universities are the envy of the world


Agree, the number of foreign exchange students at American Universities is growing substantially. For the OP to write such a blanket statement using this article to convey what the liberals will do to American Universities if given a chance is asinine.






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America's universities are the envy of the world.






full of libtards and socialist-Marxist professors. you must be proud of those revisionist historians eh gerald?






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Could the writer be any more vague?
I'm guessing you didn't read the article. That's one of Will's points: The schools are casting a vague set of behavior parameters that basically mean whatever the school wants it to mean.






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