“bias, discrimination, and hate crimes, by their nature, affect the fabric of the Cornell community”
Who gets to decide what counts as hate speech?
The College Fix reports:
Cornell University student government passes resolution condemning ‘hate speech’
The student government at Cornell University recently passed a measure condemning “hate speech,” several days after the assembly considered “banning” it from the campus.
About two weeks ago, a black student was allegedly punched and called the N-word by a group of white men, according to The Cornell Daily Sun. Earlier this month, a student chanted “build a wall” near a Latino living center.
Following these events, Cornell’s Student Assembly met to consider a possible “ban” on “hate speech” on Cornell’s campus. At a subsequent University Assembly, meetings which consist of representatives “appointed or elected by each of [Cornell’s] shared governance bodies,” about 250 students showed up to pressure the body to take action against hate speech, according to The Sun. Leaders of Black Students United at Cornell chanted “hate speech is not free speech,” as others said “silence is power.”
At that meeting, the University Assembly requested that its Codes and Judicial Committee “define if hate speech undermines campus code of conduct.”
Several days later, the Student Assembly elected to pass a resolution “condemning hate crimes and hate speech, and supporting students,” according to the text of the resolution.
The resolution holds that “bias, discrimination, and hate crimes, by their nature, affect the fabric of the Cornell community,” and calls upon “all members of the Cornell community to consider how best to heal these harms, and how best to accord all members of our community the equal dignity and respect due to them as our peers.”
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