Kansas State Tells Students They Don’t Have Right to Not Be Offended
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This is the message every single college and university should be sending to all of their students. Anyone who can’t handle it shouldn’t be in college.
Campus Reform reports:
K-State tells students they have ‘no right to not be offended’
Bucking the free-speech zone trend, Kansas State University is telling students they are legally permitted to demonstrate or protest anywhere they want for any cause they want.
“The whole campus is a free speech area,” the K-State Office of General Counsel states in its October legal briefing, noting that as a public university, the school cannot and will not require anyone to register with the university prior to having a public demonstration or protest.
Even when the speech in question is “controversial or offending,” such as a speaker shouting derogatory remarks at passersby, the school’s attorneys declare emphatically that only behaviors rising to the level of criminality are subject to intervention.
“As a general rule, there is no right to not be offended,” they point out, arguing that “if the government started shutting down speech that is offensive to some, it would end up shutting down all speech, because virtually everything can be offensive to some.”
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Well, now they’ll just be offended that they were told they don’t have a right to be offended. Which means they’ll then feel that they need to protest “for the right to be offended!”, by blocking highways and offending drivers, who would like to have the right to kick their sorry asses!
Just wait until they find out that as of the passage of the 14th Amendment, everybody can be a racist.
Congratulations on the Constitutional understanding, Wildcats!
Hope the good sense finds its way to Rock Chalk land. Gets harder and harder to send those alumni association support checks.
I’ll believe that ONLY when Ben Shapiro and Milo can come to campus without paying for extra security and when all protesters are arrested when they disrupt the event.
Thomas Frank’s book asked, “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” Well, reading this I now have to say, “There ain’t nothing the matter with Kansas, Tommy the Commie. Kansas is one of the few who have it right!”
“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn’t exist in any declaration I have ever read.
If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.
I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn’t occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don’t like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don’t like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.
To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.” ― Salman Rushdie
To which I’ll add that some students are either ignorant of or narrow-minded about a college education, its reason and purpose. Moreover, I’d say that if at some time during their four years there aren’t more than a few things they find “offensive,” they’re in the wrong institution. We used to call that the “School of Hard Knocks.”
I have never been prouder to be a K-State Alum. Well, other than when the Wildcats go to bowl games.