Skip to comments.Colleges have free speech on the run
Posted on 12/01/2012 9:41:25 AM PST by chessplayer
In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-aged student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration acting as prosecutor, judge and jury convicted him of openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.
Openly. Related to. Good grief.
The book, Notre Dame vs. the Klan, celebrated the 1924 defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a fight with Notre Dame students. But some of Sampsons co-workers disliked the books cover, which featured a black-and-white photograph of a Klan rally. Someone was offended, therefore someone else must be guilty of harassment.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW ...
Your state can (and in my opinion should) restrict things like Islam.
Your town can (and in my opinion should) restrict things like gay pride parades.
Your employer can (and in my opinion should) restrict things like union rallies.
All I want is for Congress to know its place.
“The book, Notre Dame vs. the Klan, celebrated the 1924 defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a fight with Notre Dame students.”
But only because the Klan missed a field goal by mere inches.
I’m sitting here this morning supervising Saturday detention at a high school somewhere in Alaska. Stuff like this sends chills down my spine. George Will is correct that the next step is mob action, and when the mob arrives, no doubt they’ll have a laundry list of FreeRepublic posts, along with my required reading list, which is long on demonstrating the errors of socialism and the benefits of liberty. I’m guessing these are feelings a teacher would have had in Germany in 1931, or a Cambodian in 1972, or a Cuban in 1957. Of course, some teachers did survive the genocides and totalitarian storm, but some where taken out and shot. No one said it would be easy doing the Lord’s work. I’m less scared than I am hyperalert to my surroundings.
God help us.
You’d think “higher education” would center around the open reading of books.
Fifty years ago today, they didn't. The Trojans beat them 25-0.
When the mob or the feds come to take us away for posting images like them, you'll know for sure freedom is dead in the USSA.
That will happen when Congress passes new laws about "supporting social stability" etc. Then, the commissars will come with their lists.
Imagine sending those images around to today's liberal college profs. Their heads would explode. Any student who dared to post them would be expelled, or at least sent to reeducation classes.
C-SPAN was replaying a talk by Greg Lukianoff this mroning—the source of the details George Will is citing.
A Wash DC assemblyman about 8 years ago used the word, “niggardly” at a public meeting; he had been describing a BUDGET. The word niggardly means STINGY.
Reality didn’t matter —the word gave them BAD VIBES, which is a new sin observed by secular fundamentalists.
They fired him.
The parting shot was maybe the worst —he said he should stay BECAUSE HE WAS GAY. NOT that it was in the dictionary, and known well to educated people, no.
His defense was that he was GAY. Isn’t that depressing?
He was eventually rehired because the word is not racist and there were a lot of embarrassed faces (or tried to appear so). I don’t know about the gay angle, but he was reinstated after the idiots who fired him were taken to the woodshed by an enraged public.
Down in Texas and also is La-La Land they have problems with "Black Holes" being racist as well. In Los Angeles, the local NAA[L]CP went on a tear against a 'talking' Hallmark graduation card with a space orientation. The renditioning from the electronic voice sounded like "Black Whore" to the NAACP.
In Texas, a Dallas County Commission got into an uproar when a non-black commissioner referred to a problem with ticket payments as; "It sounds like Central Collections has become a black hole," and received a racist accusation from two fellow commissioners of a darker hue. "So if it's 'angel food cake,' it's white. If it's 'devil's food cake,' it's black. If you're the 'black sheep of the family,' then you gotta be bad, you know. 'White sheep,' you're okay. You know?" [Commissioner John Wiley] Price said.
Demonstration of how the "race card" and political correctness have trumped useful language and common sense!
Amazing in itself, given the limited vision of all the team players.
Good video mentions this incident at Notre Dame:
It’s pretty much conventional wisdom that Georgia/Alabama—or just about anyone—will beat ND like a rented log-splitter.
Good riddance to the BCS.
I'd suspect the complaining co-worker had some involvement in the KKK we don't yet know about, or possibly the school administrators who pursued it do.
Remember, DC Stephenson was the only one of them who went to prison ~ they let the others loose when the Klan was crushed.
It's not too late for a really good purge of the residual elements of the Indiana Klan, and this time no more Mr. Good Guy!
Coming soon to the rest of the country. Conservative ideas will be defined as “hate speech”, and the Republican Party will be labeled a hate group. Penalties for espousing conservatism or past membership in the GOP will become increasingly severe.