Thursday, December 10, 2015

ACLU - Firmly committed to the protection of speech we like against people we don't like.

Nat Hentoff points out that the ACLU is noticeably absent from the protection of free speech against leftist oppression.

The Radio Television Digital News Association recently presented its new First Amendment Defenders Award to Tim Tai, a student journalist who was hired by ESPN to cover the anti-racism protests at the University of Missouri.
"Tai was confronted by University students, faculty and staff, threatening him with violence if he did not abandon his efforts," the award citation reads. "Instead, he stood his ground and patiently asserted his First Amendment Rights to stand in a public place and report on the events around him."
One would hope that the ACLU of Missouri issued a statement of support for Tim Tai at the time the video of this highly publicized event went viral on the Internet. But the ACLU of Missouri didn't even acknowledge that the incident occurred. Instead, they issued a statement that "the ACLU of Missouri honors the University of Missouri students and faculty who displayed courageous and creative leadership ..."
The next day, when MU's student body vice president suggested on national television that the exercise of First Amendment rights creates a hostile and unsafe learning environment, the ACLU of Missouri remained silent. Two days later, when a Christian street preacher was physically assaulted by anti-racism protesters while speaking inside MU's designated "Free Speech Circle," the ACLU of Missouri remained silent.
The same pattern repeated itself in Connecticut during the same month. When Yale University student protesters interrupted a free speech symposium on campus, and spat on attendees trying to leave the venue, the ACLU of Connecticut remained silent. When Yale instructor Erika Christakis urged tolerance of offensive viewpoints, and was verbally abused and harassed until she resigned her teaching position, the ACLU of Connecticut remained silent.
The National and local ACLU chapters haven't done the student protesters any favors by withholding criticism of their anti-free speech behavior. In the vacuum created by such deafening silence, the rudderless ACLU chapter at Wesleyan University signed on to a list of student demands that included "an anonymous student reporting system for cases of bias, including microaggressions, perpetrated by faculty and staff." The demands supported by the Wesleyan ACLU chapter also called for the "revision of ... professor evaluations to include a section dedicated for reporting ... microaggressions ... perpetrated by instructors."
Substitute the words "un-American activities" for "microaggressions," and you have a demand reminiscent of the anti-communist witch hunts that ravaged American universities during the 1940s and '50s. The ACLU was the leading advocacy organization for academic freedom during the McCarthy era. It shouldn't let its guard down now.

1 comment:

Lauran said...

“Freak Flag,” indeed.

 
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