From the Wellesley News:
by STAFF EDITORIAL
If you say so …
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.
Wellesley students are generally correct in their attempts to differentiate what is viable discourse from what is just hate speech. Wellesley is certainly not a place for racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia or any other type of discriminatory speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech.
The founding fathers put free speech in the Constitution as a way to protect the disenfranchised and to protect individual citizens from the power of the government. The spirit of free speech is to protect the suppressed, not to protect a free-for-all where anything is acceptable, no matter how hateful and damaging.
Somebody needs to compose a Broadway musical about how James Madison was black, Hispanic, Jewish, immigrant, Muslim, and gay … STAT!
… We at The Wellesley News, are not interested in any type of tone policing.
Madison was short. Is that good enough?
The emotional labor required to educate people is immense and is additional weight that is put on those who are already forced to defend their human rights.
Commenter Jack D notes:
THREE SJW memes in 1 sentence – a record!
1. “Emotional labor” – Being a SJW and being around all you racists is hard work that I should get paid for (as others have mentioned in their comments),
2. “Required to educate people” – this is the “I don’t have to educate you (you stupid redneck)” meme – you should be woke already and if you are not woke, I shouldn’t have to keep explaining it. I explained this whole SJW thing to you once and you should just accept it and not question it any further. Are you stupid or something? This is how the Gospel was spread throughout the world – NOT.
3. “Forced to defend their human rights” – When I am being aggressive toward you, I am just defending myself – -I’m oppressed and my aggression is defensive so it’s OK.
There is no denying that problematic opinions need to be addressed in order to stop Wellesley from becoming a place where hate speech and casual discrimination is okay. …
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.
“Projection” was Freud’s best insight.