Many of you may, like me, be of two minds on this issue.
On one hand: Your rules. These are your rules. We’re going to make you choke on them until you spit them out and admit they’re poison.
But it does feel wrong to be demanding that universities crack down on offensive speech.
Still, they already have been outlawing virtually all “offensive” speech. What they’re doing here is selectively allowing some favored hate speech.
Harvard President Claudine Gay was one of four Presidents grilled during a five-hour hearing Tuesday into how their institutions had responded to instances of antisemitism on campuses, which caused significant backlash.
Her response was cited as a motivating factor by the student group that hired the plane [carrying a banner reading “Harvard Hates Jews”]. “This rise of antisemitism has been either ignored or even endorsed by the universities’ leaderships,” the group said.
Their statement went on to say, “Jewish students nationwide felt threatened and abandoned by Gay’s lack of response.”