The fact that this morning’s edition of The Washington Post even exists is a tribute to the nation’s commitment to protecting freedom of the press, and yet University of Pennsylvania professor Shaun R. Harper has published an op-ed claiming that campus protests against racism “aren’t silencing anyone.”
Harper, who is executive director of theCenter for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, asks, “Where were the critics who now see free speech under siege at universities when people of color were being silenced?”
“Student activists are not attempting to shut down conversations at their universities,” he writes. “In fact, it is the exact opposite they aim to raise the consciousness of white professors, administrators, campus police officers and peers. They want more dialogue, not less.”
Really? Was it so long ago that this happened among the precious flowers at the University of Missouri?
That student protestwas about race, but black “allies” like Melissa Click were so insistent that the sanctity of the protest not be tainted by media coverage that she yelled at a student reporter that he couldn’t be there, and then went in search of “muscle” to have him physically removed when he insisted on exercising his right to cover the event. Turns out those hand-drawn “No Media Safe Space” signs weren’t legally binding.
No, protesters who point out campus racism arent silencing anyone but they’re trying their best and would if they could.
Another fine example of black protesters wanting “more dialogue, not less” is the recent demand by students at Oberlin that the school establish racially segregated, black-only “safe spaces” across the campus. Students of color at Brown also recentlypostedtheir own list of demands online, to whichawhite “ally” amended, “Please, white people, do not comment or edit this document, or make your own demands of students of color. This is not our space and we are not entitled to inclusion or explanations.”
Might this tweeter be referring to Christina Sommers being introduced by students announcing the establishment of a “safe space” where an alternative speaker would be available? Or Ben Shapiro’s recent speech atCalifornia State University which was canceled but which he delivered anyway, despite protesters blocking the doors to the auditorium and setting off the fire alarm during his presentation? The hunger for dialogue is clear.
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