UC Students Don’t Think Free Speech Should Apply to ‘Trump Surrogates’
“sends a positive signal to white supremacists”
Isn’t it nice of the left to decide for the rest of us who is allowed to speak?
Campus Reform reports:
UC students: free speech shouldn’t apply to ‘Trump surrogates’
Students at the University of Chicago are asking the school to disinvite Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, saying that allowing him to speak “normalizes bigotry.”
Lewandowski is scheduled to visit the school Wednesday for a students-only, off-the-record event on behalf of the school’s Institute of Politics (IOP), which is hosting a series of discussions about America in the era of Trump, but a coalition of student groups sent a letter to IOP Director David Axelrod and IOP Fellow Robert Costas Sunday asking them to disinvite Lewandowski and avoid inviting any other “Trump surrogates” because of their alleged ties to white supremacist groups and supposed incitement of violence.
“[Inviting Lewandoski] sends a positive signal to white supremacists that they are welcome here,” the student groups assert. “This exposes the most vulnerable members of our community to even greater risk.”
The letter also criticizes IOP’s recent hosting of Sean Spicer, the current Press Secretary for President Trump.
U of C Resists, Graduate Students United, Students Working Against Prisons, and UChicago Socialists, the four groups that jointly penned the letter, claim that a commitment to free speech does not apply to people associated with Trump.
“Nothing about a firm commitment to free expression obliges us [to] open our doors to (much less to provide platforms for) those who incite hatred and violence against refugees, immigrants, and minorities—that is, against our students, teachers, co-workers, and neighbors,” they declare. “Far from being obliged to welcome Lewandowski, we are obliged not to.”
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