Campus Life

Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee

Here's part of a disturbing news story from the North Carolina-base News & Observer:

Protest stops Tancredo's UNC speech

CHAPEL HILL -- UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to unauthorized immigrants.

Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event . . .

. . . Tancredo was brought to campus by a UNC chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a national organization of students who oppose mass immigration, multiculturalism and affirmative action.

University Chancellor Holden Thorp said in an e-mail message to students and faculty that he had called Tancredo today to apologize for his treatment.

My point in citing this event is this: Why do radical liberal faculty and students think that it's okay to shout down (or worse) conservative speakers on campus when they use the issue of Constitutional free speech as a justification for their own positions, such as those of Ward Churchill?

Here's another good example:

WHEN CONSERVATIVE columnist Don Feder spoke at UMass-Amherst last month, his speech was cut short by a large group of students whose noisy and disruptive antics drove Feder off the lectern midway through his speech. As one UMass student wrote after the event, "I am embarrassed of the way my fellow classmates have chosen to express their discontent." She should be - but she should also know that she is not the only one who is due for some embarrassment...

In order to be fair and balanced, I searched Google for news stories about conservative college faculty and students shouting down liberal speakers on campus. I wanted to post an example or two here. I couldn't find any. What's wrong with this picture?

Perhaps a better question would be: GET the picture?

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