Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The New Liberalism, No. 39: We support free speech as long as it is not hate speech, which is whatever we hate you for saying

College Journalist Bigots: The Wellesley News

The Marquette Warrior, April 19, 2017: One interesting thing about the rise of political correctness on college campuses is that student journalists, people whom one might suppose would support free speech, have overwhelmingly lined up in favor of suppressing opinions the left does not like.

A particularly egregious example appears in the Wellesley News, the student paper of that very expensive, very elitist northeastern institution.

Many members of our community, including students, alumnae and faculty, have criticized the Wellesley community for becoming an environment where free speech is not allowed or is a violated right. Many outside sources have painted us as a bunch of hot house flowers who cannot exist in the real world. However, we fundamentally disagree with that characterization, and we disagree with the idea that free speech is infringed upon at Wellesley. Rather, our Wellesley community will not stand for hate speech, and will call it out when possible.Of course, what speech is “hate speech” is a matter of opinion.

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