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One of the cornerstones of the Constitution is, of course, the right to free speech as enshrined in the First Amendment, and nowhere is that right more cherished than in the U.S. But it is clearly under assault, and that is most evident on today's college and university campuses, once bastions of the free exchange of ideas.
In recent months, Americans of all political stripes have been sickened and disgusted by the antics of some campus radicals who have demanded that school administrators give in to and admit to things that are absurd on their face and dangerous to the long-term viability of American higher education and civil society.
The nonsense has gotten out of hand
Consider some of the most outrageous of examples:
-- Before he was essentially run out of office, former University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe was being harangued by black student protesters to "admit his white privilege," a concept fabricated largely by minority radicals to push for special treatment that they believe they are somehow entitled to.
-- On the same Columbia, Mo., Mizzou campus, white students were told that, because of their skin color, they were not allowed in black and minority "safe spaces" even though many of them were supporting the radical movement to carve out special indulgences for their pampered little selves.
-- Meanwhile, over at the prestigious Yale University, a very privileged female student (privileged because, you know, she's going to Yale) thought it proper to scream at a professor in public who supported his wife's calls to allow adults the freedom to choose what Halloween costumes to wear.
-- And speaking of Yale and Halloween costumes, yeah, there really was a kerfuffle over them, though elsewhere in the world that day, scores of people went hungry, many died from religiously inspired violence, and American men and women were hard at work all around the country and overseas to keep the mouthy Yale student and her "offended" allies safe from the grip of real danger, like ISIS.
Siding with the disruptors?
There are more ridiculous examples of this kind of senseless, baseless, racially motivated radicalism from the very same "unsafe" college campuses that Left-wing liberal academics have run for decades, giving rise to the theory that a liberal is perpetually in a state of outrage and anger – even when their ideological soulmates are calling the shots.
-- The cowardly university administrator at Dartmouth actually chose sides recently during another manufactured controversy – a blatant demonstration of overt self-centeredness and astonishing rudeness that actually bordered on criminal physical violence. Only, the side taken was the side of those doing the persecuting, not those who were actually victimized. As Mediaite documented:
After protesters disrupted students studying in the school library Thursday with racist chants and harassment, at least one Dartmouth University administrator apologized... to the ones doing the harassing, that is.
That would be Vice Provost for Student Affairs Inge-Lese Ameer, who "apologized to students who engaged in the protest for the negative responses and media coverage that they have received," The Dartmouth reported.
Students trying to study in a school library were interrupted, harassed, harangued and even physically abused by #BlackLivesMatter agitators who shouted things like, "F*ck you, you filthy white f*cks," and "F*ck you and your comfort." So much for hate speech laws.
School administrators need to grow a spine (or a pair)
-- Not to be outdone by the outlandish, the University of Vermont continued the enablement of the phony "white privilege" narrative by organizing and holding a three-day retreat so white students could "confront" all that privilege they are supposedly born with.
In the age of real terrorism, it is wise to choose to use that word carefully when describing certain behavior, but anyone who doesn't think that these radical students on campuses being run by namby pamby liberals aren't "terrorizing" students who disagree with them... perhaps they should hang out more in the Dartmouth library or in a student assembly area at Mizzou.
Enough, already. College campuses are for those who are interested in higher learning and better positioning themselves to be successful during their life. We're not calling for an end to free speech on campus – that would be what the radicals are doing. But we are calling for school boards and administrators to step up and do the right thing: Expel legitimate troublemakers, racists (of any color) and disruptors who are preventing other students from getting the quality education they are paying dearly for and deserve.
If just a few institutions would do this, we are waging that the nonsense will disappear virtually overnight.