Thursday, November 19, 2015

More politically correct authoritarianism on campus

I never cease to be amazed at the left-wing politically correct authoritarianism and animosity toward civil rights that exists at many  public colleges and universities.  That authoritarianism is clear in the case of Second Amendment rights and First Amendment rights. (see post below).  In terms of numbers of students, those campuses outnumber those with right-wing authoritarianism.  Most of the latter are private or religious schools.  Private and religious schools are not covered by the First Amendment.

The left-wing authoritarians believe that the campus is entitled only a watered-down politically correct version of the First Amendment and Second Amendments.  Below is an example of the position of a left-wing academician on the First Amendment.  Their obsession with ‘safe space’ and ‘’microaggression’ overrides the First Amendment rights of others. (The Supreme Court has long held that even hate speech is protected, bold added below):

“This past week, the news media has energetically discussed student unrest at Yale and at the University of Missouri, where students are protesting administrative insensitivity or inaction in the face of troubled racial climates. At Mizzou, in particular, student activists have demanded safe space. A student journalist, Tim Tai, was denied access to the protesters’ tent city in a public area of the campus. The protesters didn’t want to be photographed or interviewed, possibly not trusting journalists to tell their story accurately.

The next day, they rightly changed their stance, opened their space to the media, and a debate on free speech and safe spaces found new life. Quickly, the student protesters were accused of not tolerating free speech in regard not only to Mr. Tai, but also to those who use racial epithets and otherwise engage in hate speech. They were accused of being weak, of being whiny for having the audacity to expect to attend college without being harassed for their blackness.

As a writer, I believe the First Amendment is sacred. The freedom of speech, however, does not guarantee freedom from consequence. You can speak your mind, but you can also be shunned. You can be criticized. You can be ignored or ridiculed. You can lose your job. The freedom of speech does not exist in a vacuum.

Many of the people who advocate for freedom of speech with the most bluster are willing to waste this powerful right on hate speech.”

What the writer ignores is that if one can show that a public college or university fires and employee or disciplines a student for engaging in protected speech, the institution may be liable for damages and injnctions for civil rights violation.  It is disturbing to see how many faculty and journalists lack the courage to speak up when politically incorrect speech is denied constitutional respect in public facilities.  Finally, there is no such thing as a ‘waste’ or First Amendment rights.

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