So powerful is the desire to be seen as on the “right” side in an era where race trumps everything that a major university is harassing a student because he dared to be critical of Black Lives Matter. This is another, more sinister aspect of the Black Lives Matter Effect. A racist hate group that claims to promote virtuous objectives as cover, Black Lives Matter causes well-intentioned progressives-in-denial to equate well-earned attacks on the group to rejection of racial justice.
This episode is especially troubling. Purdue University Northwest student Joshua Nash received an ominous letter summoning him to a “required Administrative Meeting” scheduled by a campus administrator to discuss Nash’s personal Facebook comments. This is as appropriate as a letter demanding a student’s appearance before authorities because there was a complaint about his off-color toast at a wedding reception.
Nash says he isn’t certain which Facebook post was deemed worthy of threatened discipline, but it was probably the one where he states “Black Lives Matter is trash because they do not really care about black lives. They simply care about making money and disrupting events for dead people.” According to Nash, that comment was reported to Facebook, with removed it and suspended his account for 30 days. Nash also claims that a campus official said his social media comments could result in his expulsion.
I assume that FIRE will soon be in Nash’s corner, and maybe, just maybe, the ACLU, depending on what its integrity level is these days. This is campus suppression of free speech. I think the threat of expulsion–for a Facebook post?—is too ridiculous to be taken seriously, but the letter is bad enough. All students need to know is that a politically incorrect Facebook post will get them hauled into a “meeting,” a.k.a. inquisition, and their speech, with the exceptions of a few wilful martyrs, civil libertarians, and rebels, will be effectively muzzled.
How can Purdue justify confronting a student over pure political opinion, assuming that the post was what Nash said it was? It is unethical—coercive, an abuse of power, and irresponsible—for colleges, like public schools, to punish students for what they say on social media unless it has direct relevance to the school itself and specific, named personnel. Criticizing Black Lives Matters, despite the vicious attacks on Rudy Giuliani, is not proof of racism or bigotry. It is indicia of perception, courage, and civic responsibility. I don’t agree with Nash’s analysis, but he’s on the right track. Black Lives Matters is a power-seeking enterprise, willing to risk lives and social disintegration to achieve its agenda.
There is much talk about Donald Trump being a fascist, but that is speculative fear-mongering. The signs of creeping fascism in the Land of Obama, however, are tangible and immediate, like enforced ideological conformity in the schools, content-based speech suppression on social media, and government pressure on institutions and corporations to support official policy or be penalized. The party in the White House announced last month that due process of law was disposable in its view, and has announced its full support for pre-crime measures, cheered on by a compliant news media. Now authorities are threatening anyone who won’t kow-tow to Black Lives Matter, so that the myth that this is a benign, non-racist “movement” can be sustained as long as possible, until, perhaps, the body count gets uncomfortably high.
There is a hammer in all this, so Purdue may have reason to be wary. A new study suggests that university scandals reduce college applications. The only problem is making the news media recognize that trying to control the thought and speech of students is something a college should be ashamed of.
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