Friday, April 21, 2017

Is It Really Free Speech?


For John, BLUFBe glad you live in Lowell and not Wellesley.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




I am still trying to figure out the ebb and flow of tweeting, but this one helps me understand.  First I get this item from David Burge, the Iowa Hawk, some six hours ago:
David Burge Retweeted Byron York
Good lord, the whole passage is a hate crime against grammar.
He is referring to a passage from The Wellesley News, which Byron York is talking about, where he says:
Student editors insist free speech is not violated at Wellesley, threaten those who disagree.
Here are a couple of paragraph from the item in The Wellesley News:
We have all said problematic claims, the origins of which were ingrained in us by our discriminatory and biased society.  Luckily, most of us have been taught by our peers and mentors at Wellesley in a productive way.  It is vital that we encourage people to correct and learn from their mistakes rather than berate them for a lack of education they could not control.  While it is expected that these lessons will be difficult and often personal, holding difficult conversations for the sake of educating is very different from shaming on the basis of ignorance.

This being said, if people are given the resources to learn and either continue to speak hate speech or refuse to adapt their beliefs, then hostility may be warranted.  If people continue to support racist politicians or pay for speakers that prop up speech that will lead to the harm of others, then it is critical to take the appropriate measures to hold them accountable for their actions.  It is important to note that our preference for education over beration regards students who may have not been given the chance to learn.  Rather, we are not referring to those who have already had the incentive to learn and should have taken the opportunities to do so.  Paid professional lecturers and politicians are among those who should know better.

OK, I get it.  If you go to college at Wellesley you conform or they beat you up.  That seems straight forward.  And another reason to go to a commuter college or university.

I know you want to get away from your parents, but why trade one group that is telling you how to live your life for another group that is telling you how to live your life.  Submission is submission. Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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