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Wayne State Prof Claims Campus Free Speech Crisis is ‘Manufactured’

Wayne State Prof Claims Campus Free Speech Crisis is ‘Manufactured’

“students doing the protesting “[have] every right to loudly, disruptively, even rudely protest”

The campus free speech crisis has been on full display for months. This is not imaginary.

The College Fix reports:

Ignoring violent activists, professor claims campus free speech crisis is ‘manufactured’

The free speech crisis on American college campuses is merely “manufactured,” according to one college professor—and the recent violent and threatening behavior of anti-free-speech students is merely “rude” and “disruptive,” he claims.

John Patrick Leary, a professor of English at Wayne State University, writes in The Detroit News that “Conservatives have been in an uproar since a series of raucous protests against conservative speakers,” but that the students doing the protesting “[have] every right to loudly, disruptively, even rudely protest” against the speakers in question.

Conservative reaction to campus protestors, Leary argues, is rooted in insidious motives: “Conservatives, no longer content to undermine public colleges by starving them of funding, now seem to prefer that the government regulate their intellectual lives more directly — all in the name of ‘free speech,’ of course.”

Though he does not mention it, the “raucous protests against conservative speakers” that Leary writes about actually involved a good bit of either violence or the threat of violence. Both Milo Yiannopoulos and Charles Murray had their events disrupted by violence; Yiannopoulos’s planned event was cancelled, while the violent demonstrations following Murray’s talk put a Middlebury College professor in the hospital. Ann Coulter, meanwhile, cancelled her event at Berkeley in part because of the threat of violence.


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Standard Leftoid trick; conflate words and actions.

Any sensible person knows that “free speech” is not the same thing as “free disruption”. One is words, the other is action.

Walker Evans | July 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

I’m curious. Does setting private property such as, oh I don’t know, maybe cars on FIRE count as disruptive, or just “rude”? Having not been in college for some years I’m not up on the SJW vocabulary; way back when, we just called it criminal destruction of private property!

Hate filled rant designed to belittle conservatives and silent them while claiming the opposite.

They have the right to protest loudly and rudely, but not disruptively, and certainly not violently.