Professor Tries to Impose Censorship on Students

Another day, another example of social justice authoritarianism.  Today’s example of authoritarian behavior is brought to you by William Thatcher, an assistant professor of Public Health at Fresno State in California.

It all begins when some pro-life students secured permission to write messages on the sidewalk with chalk.  According to the CNN report, the professor  “approached the group and said they had to keep their messages to the university’s free speech area” and “then said he would be back to remove the messages.”

And here is the delicious video:

Several points emerge.

  1. The professor enlists his students to help him erase the chalk messages (in fact, on the video, the students claim they were told to do it). This, in my opinion, is an abuse of power. Because of the power differential between professor and student, professors should not be enlisting students in their own political activism.  That crosses the line.
  2. It’s mind boggling that the professor insists his erasing of the messages (a clear act of censorship) is actually free speech.

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The Orwellian essence of these social justice advocates never ceases to catch my attention.

3. He actually says, “College campuses are not free speech areas.” Thanks for the quote, Professor. I think more and more people are beginning to perceive that more and more college campuses are indoctrination areas, which is why they cannot tolerate free speech.

It’s interesting to add that the CNN report states that the professor’s students actually took some of the chalk and began writing pro-choice messages on the sidewalk.  Standard social justice at work – censor opposing views and then replace them with your own.   It almost seems like this incident is symbolic of the hiring practices at various universities.

All of this nicely demonstrates the authoritarian and Orwellian nature of the social justice warriors.  Given the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of these people, it makes sense they try to impose their ideologies through the brute force of censorship.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to whoever shot that video.  She did an excellent job of remaining calm and rational while gather video evidence.  Her comments and questions add to the video without distracting from what needs to be seen.  Impressive.  Also, watch again starting at 1:43.  Then, at 2:03, she says, “But you’re exercising your free speech in a non-free speech area.”

BAM!

Love it.

That’s a 10 out of 10 for being a understated, hilarious smack down.

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4 Responses to Professor Tries to Impose Censorship on Students

  1. stcordova says:

    It was a great smack down of the professor, but that video makes my blood boil to see a professor behave that way.

  2. TFBW says:

    “College campuses are not free speech areas.”

    99% of what is wrong with college campuses. Outside the tiny, designated “free speech” zone, one’s words (and therefore one’s thoughts) are not free, but subject to the tyranny of the thought police. “Indoctrination” is the right word for it: modern American colleges with “free speech” zones are the world’s most luxurious re-education camps.

  3. GRA says:

    In many ways “free speech” zones are becoming like religious spaces – save for Muslim praying areas where rooms are transformed for accommodations – and its treated that way by secularists. You are free to worship/promote in X designated area but you cannot bring what you worship/promote outside said area.

  4. pennywit says:

    The prof’s pretty clearly in the wrong. A school is certainly entitled to enact viewpoint-neutral rules regarding the time, place, and manner of speech. But by this account, the pro-life students complied with the school’s time, place, and manner rules, and the prof, in his capacity as a state employee, attempted to censor their speech based on their viewpoint. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

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