By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Conservative thought, conservative speakers, and even patriotism is now taboo at many college campuses. The list of college protest, even violent protest grows longer each week. Now, according to FIRE over 450 colleges have speech codes inhibiting freedom of expression. It is no longer America on many college campuses. Students who are openly Christian, and/or conservative are threatened by fellow students and even by their professors.
According to Harvey Silverglate, co-founder of the Foundation for Invidual Rights in Education (FIRE) the government needs to step in and protect free speech:
The culture of censorship within higher education is now legendary. And although the problem is of long standing, the Obama administration made it worse by giving academic bureaucrats a convenient excuse—“the feds made us do it”—for punishing speech. The Trump administration and Congress could help restore academic freedom, without which higher education cannot flourish….
Congress should deny funding to institutions with policies that violate free-speech rights. Such legislation would hold universities to their own professed fundamental principles. While institutions frequently cite the importance of “diversity and inclusion,” in practice they aim at producing students who look different but think alike.
The list of banned conservative speakers and even speakers that don’t toe the hard left line, is a shame and disgrace upon American higher education. The following list is a good enough reason for government to cut funds to colleges that gag free speech:
Hirsi Ali, the Somali immigrant who speaks out against Muslim violence was banned from Brandeis. Ann Coulter was famously banned from speaking at Berkeley while a few weeks earlier Berkeley students rioted when Milo Yiannopoulis had planned to speak.
Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released.
Charles Murray, a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence, was invited to speak on campus by a student group. He was greeted late Thursday afternoon outside McCullough Student Center by hundreds of protesters, and inside Wilson Hall, students turned their backs to him and booed when he got up to speak.
This week, New York University announced that it was canceling a talk Yiannopoulos was scheduled to give in November. The event was canceled because of “concerns … about the safety and well-being of our community,” Marc Wais, senior vice president of student affairs, wrote in an email to NYU College Republicans. In addition, he wrote, “For example, the proposed venue in this case is proximate to the Islamic Center, the LGBTQ Student Center and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs,” organizations that include students who are “subjects of Mr. Yiannopoulos’s attacks.”
The University of Miami College Republicans canceled Yiannopoulos’s speech in June after meeting with university staff members about operations and logistics of the event. Hosting Yiannopoulos would ultimately be too expensive, the group’s president said in the student newspaper.
At Florida Atlantic University, Yiannopoulos’s September visit was “postponed” due to a threat of violence, said a university spokesperson. The threat was directed toward someone at FAU, not Yiannopoulos, but was related to his visit and subsequently prompted a criminal investigation.
Although there were reports that Villanova University canceled Yiannopoulos’s event in September, his talk was never approved by the administration before it was prematurely publicized, said a spokesperson. Ultimately, the College Republicans group that had initially reached out to Yiannopoulos decided not to follow through with the event.
When Yiannopoulos visited DePaul University, protesters walked on stage to taunt him and interrupt his talk, and the university then “denied a request” for him to return to campus in the fall, said DePaul spokesperson Carol Hughes. “It was the university’s opinion that Mr. Yiannopoulos’s words and behavior contained inflammatory speech, contributed to a hostile environment and incited similar behavior from the crowd in attendance,” Hughes wrote in an email. “It also was clear that it would not be possible for DePaul to provide the security that would be required for such an event.”
A California professor tweeted out that “Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.” He is now on a voluntary leave of absence.
According to CampusReform.org, a majority of Harvard students polled believe “Trump is more dangerous than ISIS.”
Harvard students have even created an anti-Trump “resistance school.” These coddled, ultra-sensitive little princes and princesses are lucky they never had to face Nazi tanks in the Warsaw Ghetto, with only a few rusted guns and Molotov cocktails. Then they might understand the true meaning of “resistance.”
At radical Wellesley College in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts the student newspaper just endorsed VIOLENCE against unpopular “hate speech.” The newspaper editorial reported the reason hate speech exists is because “the United States is a racist country.” They recommend hostility if conservatives (like Trump or me) refuse to change our thinking to accepted progressive norms.
Students at Western Kentucky University voted last week in favor of free education and free room and board for all black students, as reparations for slavery. Their resolution defined black students to include “any and all undocumented, currently and formerly incarcerated people.” All of this because slavery ended a half century before my grandparents arrived in America.
Convicted felon Donna Hylton recently spoke at a civil rights panel at fancy Manhattanville College in NY. She complained bitterly about the rights of prisoners, while never mentioned she is free after serving her sentence for kidnapping, sodomizing her victim with a steel pole, and then torturing him to death. A student said she spent her entire speech blaming the color of her skin and explaining how terrible Trump is.
Keep in mind, there are parents paying $56,000 per year for their children to listen to this.
Time for the state and federal government to take action.