“We have had multiple incidents this semester involving racist words and phrases written on college or personal property on campus”
This is being done in response to ‘racist’ incidents on campus like messages written on college property. Who do you suppose wrote these messages?
The College Fix reports:
New ‘anti-racist task force’ at elite Massachusetts college will ‘confront’ racial bias
Williams College in Massachusetts is creating a new “anti-racist task force” intended to address recent and older incidents on campus with anti-bias strategies and institutional change.
Maud Mandel, president of the elite liberal arts college, announced the creation of the task force in an email that also appeared as a news release on the college’s website November 10.
“We have had multiple incidents this semester involving racist words and phrases written on college or personal property on campus,” Mandel stated. “They also fit into a longer lineage of problems with racism here. Today I am writing with the intention of moving Williams beyond incident reports to try and address the underlying problem.”
The College Fix reached out to the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression to ask how the Williams task force could safeguard civil liberties and avoid assigning guilt by group membership.
“The task force may be tempted to ban hateful or offensive speech—a prohibition that will harm marginalized groups by giving the university the power to punish minority voices,” Zachary Greenberg, FIRE senior program officer, wrote in an email to the The Fix on November 29.
Instead, “the task force should ensure its recommendations comport with Williams College’s commitment to protecting its students’ free speech and due process rights,” Greenberg said. “The task force should refrain from recommending punishment for expression protected by free speech standards, as defined by the First Amendment.”
No suspects in alleged racist incidents have been identified by the college or local news media
There have been no suspects publicly identified in the three alleged racist incidents that occurred this semester at the private institution, which charges $70,000 annually. The incidents include slurs scribbled in dust on cars. [emphasis in original]
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