What purpose was served by barring the student press here? It only creates suspicion.

The College Fix reports:

Student newspaper banned from student government forum for black students

Safe spaces trump freedom of the press at George Washington University.

The Student Association’s diversity and inclusion assembly banned The GW Hatchet from covering a “black student community forum,” the private university’s student newspaper reports.

The assembly hosted the forum in the wake of a photo taken at a “plantation gift shop” by the now-ex president of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.

It was intended to “allow students to voice their opinions about the incident,” the Hatchet said, citing an unidentified “SA graphic shared on social media”:

An attendee at the forum, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said between 50 and 75 people were present. SA President SJ Matthews, SA Executive Vice President Amy Martin, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Cissy Petty and University President Thomas LeBlanc did not attend, the attendee said.

The attendee added that students expressed a lot of anger about the incident during the forum, and the event allowed students to reflect on the incident in a safe space. …

Sorority President Allison Janega resigned her post and disaffiliated from the sorority in the wake of outrage. She had written the caption “I wonder if they sell slaves” on a Snapchat photo from a plantation gift shop…

The College Fix has asked the university to specify those steps, particularly whether they include a disciplinary investigation related to the Snapchat photo and whether its sharing violated any campus policy. The Fix has also asked the Student Association to specify who was allowed to attend the black student forum and why it blocked the Hatchet from covering it.


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