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Amherst College Students Want Free Speech Policy Revised to Address ‘Hate Speech’

Amherst College Students Want Free Speech Policy Revised to Address ‘Hate Speech’

“After an incident in March involving three members of the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team allegedly shouting the n-word outside of a Black teammate’s suite”

People wonder why the workplace is becoming so ridiculously ‘woke.’ It’s because higher ed is churning out class after class of graduates who share this warped view of free speech.

The alleged incident involving the school’s lacrosse team is flimsy as well.

Campus Reform reports:

Amherst College students demands college revise speech policy to address ‘hate speech’

A student group at Amherst College in Massachusetts is calling on the college president to address “hate speech” in the speech code, and calls her a “segregationist” for being “complicit in the institution’s inability to address racism.”

After an incident in March involving three members of the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team allegedly shouting the n-word outside of a Black teammate’s suite, Biddy Martin, president of the college, stated in a message to the campus community that “a change in leadership for the lacrosse team will be necessary,” that every lacrosse team member must complete an “educational program,” and that “the team is prohibited from engaging in formal gatherings prior to November 1, 2020.”

Martin also said in an email dated March 12, according to The Amherst Student, that any student “who cannot rise to the level of respect from others” will be dismissed from the team.

However, the Black Student Union at the college did not think that was enough and made a list of demands in addition to writing an op-ed for the school’s student newspaper, The Amherst Student. In the op-ed, the group called Martin a “segregationist” for being “complicit in the institution’s inability to address racism.”

“The well-intentioned segregationist is indistinguishable from the gradual integrationist because of their shared, impossible timeline to address racial injustice. This timeline is intolerable. President Martin is a segregationist,” the organization wrote.

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“Hate” speech consists of whatever ideas, expressions, and thoughts the people in power “hate.”

Both Facebook and Twitter have shown how this definition is used to allow the ideas they agree with and censor the ideas they don’t agree with. They routinely allow Antifa supporters to promote their arson and assaults on police, while censoring Trump’s condemnation of the violence.

If Amherst College adopts a speech code that prohibits “hate” speech,” that will be the end of free speech (and with it academic freedom) at Amherst. Whoever decides what is and is not “hate” speech would effectively be a speech czar, with powers to control all expressed thought on the campus.

Do these students ever think this through? Banning “hate speech” sounds lofty until one considers how, exactly, this would work.

Is there to be a Commissar of Speech appointed to determine what is or isn’t “hate speech”? If so, who’s responsible for appointing/hiring said commissar, how could such a commissar ever be fired (when anyone who tried could be silenced)? And what avenue of appeal would an accused have- or is this all no-trial, all-evidence-of-guilt-accepted, no cross exam, no appeal, “because I know it when I hear it” justice? What if Pres. Trump were named as said Commissar, would that be OK?

Or is this to be more ad hoc, decided on the spot by the angry mob?

Why are they so sure it will never be they who are silenced?

Or perhaps it is to

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 5, 2020 at 6:16 pm

Buh bye ALL Colleges!

We will Dance on your Graves.

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‘Critical Race Theory’

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The Friendly Grizzly | September 6, 2020 at 10:54 am

“Allegedly”.

Wait, what? A black laCrosse player? I thought the last time that happened was when the Syracuse football coach wouldn’t let Jim brown on the team, so he played LAX. Could you imagine Jim Brown coming straight at you, with a stick!

https://www.si.com/nfl/2016/02/17/jim-brown-nfl-hall-fame-syracuse-lacrosse

She needs to hand them a copy of the First Amendment and tell them that is speech policy of the college–but I’m sure she won’t.

She’s a famously left-wing university president. I guess it means they want a black in the job. Once you go down the social justice route, eventually they turn on you.

my brother and i attended amherst in the 1970s. he played lacrosse, i played rugby. he became a surgeon, i became a foreign service officer. years ago we stopped donating. we deposit the alumni magazine directly in the trash can.

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