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Recent Brown U grad: Social justice warriors ‘eager’ to silence opposing speech

Recent Brown U grad: Social justice warriors ‘eager’ to silence opposing speech

“this censoring species of activism for what it is: an assault on the foundational values of the university”

Starting this month, Brown University is hosting a lecture series on the importance of freedom of expression. Anyone who has been following news out of Rhode Island’s only Ivy League school for the last few years will appreciate the richness of that.

A Brown alum named Rob Montz described the situation in an op-ed at USA Today:

What happened to American universities?

On October 11, Brown University is hosting the first in a new series of lectures on the proper balance between “freedom of expression, tolerance, and inclusion” on college campuses.

It’s an appropriate venue. Over the last couple years, Brown students have sabotaged a lecture from former NYC police chief Ray Kelly, successfully pressured the campus newspaper to pull a controversial column about European colonialism, and set up a puppy-equipped safe space to escape a debate about rape culture.

While the series boasts some impressive speakers, including Yale law professor Robert Post and New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb, it’s unlikely to accomplish much. Administrators at Brown — like so many of their ivory tower counterparts — refuse to see this censoring species of activism for what it is: an assault on the foundational values of the university.

Indeed, it’s not clear Brown’s top brass see it as a threat at all. At its most recent commencement, one student speaker named Sabrina Imbler — handpicked by the administration — defended the activist outburst that killed the newspaper column as necessary to “defend our humanity.” And the school recently appointed to an associate deanship Professor Tricia Rose, who is known to prompt students to literally pledge allegiance to her politics….

Students are on a hair-trigger, eager to turn minor slights into examples of “structural” oppression and assume nefarious motives in critics. They regularly deploy an insidious rhetorical sleight-of-hand that equates the mental discomfort of hearing adverse opinions with real, physical violence. Those who question affirmative action, rape culture or other planks of the prevailing campus orthodoxy aren’t just wrong; they’re making the campus “unsafe.”

Montz produced a documentary earlier this year which we reviewed in July.

Here it is again, in case you missed it:

In terms of free expression at Brown, let’s take a walk down memory lane:

Perhaps Brown should host a lecture series that focuses on not shouting down lecturers before they venture into the deep end of the free speech pool.

We don’t want anyone to get triggered, do we?

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As they smart enough to debate a subject? Probably not.

“Brown University is hosting a lecture series on the importance of freedom of expression.”

The school might begin with this proposition, “The 1st Amendment protects ALL speech, even the speech that’s described with scary quote marks, like so-called ‘hate speech.'”

Hmmmph!

I’ll be in RI next week and just might make a trip to Providence to deposit a “gift” on their front doorstep…

Trump speaking at Columbus, Ohio at Columbus Middle School Gymnasium to a group of Millennials. Several really good policy statements aimed at college students and recent graduates that got loud applause, but the BIGGEST applause line was Trump’s statement that he would pass legislation or regulation to guarantee students rights to FREE SPEECH !! They went wild. Obviously very tired of having to walk on egg shells with their speech to avoid being hassled or worse.

Good sign I thought.

I think Trump is going to do better with young people, blacks, and latinos than any recent gop nominee, as he wins on November 8.

It’s ironic, but the most offensive, threatening, and disruptive students on any campus today are not those threatening the progressive orthodoxy, but those defending it. If anyone needs “safe spaces,” it is those students threatening that orthodoxy, but they are grown up enough to not ask for such nonsense.

So when the tables turn, and the new powers that be silence these a-holes, they will have nothing to complain about.

Nor will they be able to.

Liberals- join them in their tolerance or they will destroy you.

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