The Weekly Roundup: Giving voice to silenced speech
- The headlines we were tempted to run, and the commentary we couldn’t.
Monday, April 4
It’s like he takes EverythingIsRacism.com non-sarcastically.
Would he rather that they chant “not all lives matter?”
If not for the fact that there was nothing hateful about the message, and that writing it wasn’t a crime, she might have had a point.
All they wrote was “Make America.” How does she know it wasn’t the work of organized labor?
It seems that publicly accusing a person of being “racist, sexist, [and] anti-gay” is the height of civility.
Perhaps even more entertaining than the protesters’ hypocrisy was Newt’s observation that they were outnumbered at least 5-to-1 by students wearing “Gingrich 2016” t-shirts.
They’re feelin’ the Bern, alright, but for whatever reason they refuse to take their heads out of the oven.
We’re almost surprised that they wanted to prevent a tuition hike, rather than supporting it as a way to get the billionaires to pay for their wage hike.
So to get this straight: if you take note of someone’s skin color, you’re a racist. If you don’t take note of someone’s skin color...you’re a racist, anyway.
Tuesday, April 5
That’s fine; Duke is refusing to meet their demands until they end the sit-in. Touché.
It remains to be seen whether their demands are met or they get sick of vending machine food.
Forget contractual obligations and academic freedom! Feelings are at stake!
Is the school’s academic mission to impose gun control? Because otherwise that seems like a bit of a stretch.
Wednesday, April 6
What is it with liberals confusing their prepositions? Freedom of speech no more means freedom from speech than freedom of religion means freedom from religion.
Good idea. We wouldn’t want students to get the idea that they could party at a notorious party school.
To be fair, one panel does appear to show a student stealing away from a booty call with a professor, but hey, the University of Hawaii only just decided to ban such liaisons.
You’ll never guess which side was compared to Donald Trump.
Oh, really? Perhaps he should try substituting any other demographic group into that sentence and see how it sounds.
Not that they have any constructive ideas, they just know that “something needs to happen … right away.”
We hereby propose a moratorium on surveying college students’ attitudes towards free speech until they learn what free speech is.
If they don’t want to be associated with her, they can expel her from their slate, but it’s sheer arrogance for a political party to think it can impeach an elected official for heterodoxy.
On the other hand, they did compromise a bit on their demand for a $15 minimum wage, so now they’re forsaking food, showers, and common sense for a mere 53 cent raise.
At this point, the school’s best bet is probably to ignore them. Once hippies have spent a full week camping out inside a building, you’re not likely to want it back.
Thursday, April 7
If we didn’t have video footage of the college-age protesters, we could only have assumed that a gang of rambunctious kindergarteners was responsible for throwing papers on the ground and drawing Hitler moustaches on pictures of Shapiro.
They included an opt-out provision for students, but may be surprised when a number of donors decide to “opt out” as well.
It’s a psychology study, so this probably isn’t even the most useless thing the grant could have funded.
“We do support conservatives speaking on our campus, just not a guy like Dinesh,” they claim, though doubtlessly the next conservative to speak will get the same treatment.
Ironically, they thought they could “occupy” the building without consequence even as they demanded divestment from Israel for its “occupation” of Palestinian lands.
Friday, April 8
It seems their little drum circle didn’t give them as much leverage as they had expected.
The speech isn’t until October, so they can’t accuse him of failing to provide a trigger warning.