Portland State University Censors Professor’s Effort to Expose Academic Censorship
“said university brass lodged a copyright strike against his video this week, forcing him to post an edited version that removed his peers’ comments”
So the school responded to accusations of censorship with censorship? Doesn’t that prove the professor’s point?
The College Fix reports:
Portland State University put ‘gag order’ on professor’s video exposing academic censorship
Portland State University officials recently filed a copyright strike against a professor’s video that attempted to expose what he calls an effort to shut down academic freedom.
The video, produced by PSU Professor Bruce Gilley, was made to accompany his new report titled “The New Censorship in American Higher Education: Insights from Portland State University,” and included snippets from a publicly available video of a recent faculty senate meeting.
But Gilley said university brass lodged a copyright strike against his video this week, forcing him to post an edited version that removed his peers’ comments.
At that March 1 meeting, the faculty senate unanimously approved a resolution that argues that publicly criticizing critical race theory curriculums prompts bullying and intimidation against progressive scholars.
In practice, the resolution functions as an all encompassing gag order against critics of anti-racism training and functions as a means to erode free speech on campus, Gilley argues in his “new censorship” report that serves as a response to the resolution.
His March 8 report outlines recent events at PSU involving hostility between professors and critics of critical race theory.
“In the wake of the January 6 Capitol Riot, a new wave of activism has risen up on campus that goes beyond the informal censorship of unpopular viewpoints. It seeks to explicitly deny freedoms of speech and publication to voices deemed ‘racist’ or ‘nativist’ or ‘unWoke,” Gilley argued in his report.
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The ironic thing is publicly criticizing CRT – especially at a university – prompts immediate bullying and intimidation up to and including calls for removal (or worse) against the person complaining, more so if they are publicly conservative.
But in classic Leftist fashion bullying only counts as bullying when its the wrong kinds of people saying or doing bad kinds of things to privileged people.
What is the basis for a copyright claim, if it is a public meeting, that seems like it is a SLAPP suit.
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The Oregon anti-SLAPP law allows a defendant to file a motion to strike the complaint, which the court will hear within 30 days of its filing unless the docket is overbooked. § 31.152 (1).