Western Connecticut State University President John Clark, who asked for the community’s help identifying students—if they were students— who distributed what he called “hate filled flyers and inscriptions on our university property.” These were more of the 4Chan-inspired “It’s OK to be white” and “Islam is right about women” trolling devices.
“I wanted to assure you that a full scale police investigation is underway,” Clark wrote, stating that the FBI, state police and municipal police were reviewing surveillance footage iand grilling those “who may have witnessed any of this despicable and utterly unacceptable behavior.” In full grandstanding and virtue-signalling mode, Clark declared that any WCSU community members identified as responsible for the flyers “will be subject to the severest disciplinary actions, including dismissal as well as possible civil and criminal actions.” He described the flyers’ message as “disgusting,” “hateful,” “virulent,” “sick and outrageous.”
“It’s OK to be white.”
To be fair, the news media is encouraging the kind of mind-boggling rhetoric Clarke is spewing; for example, a local TV station called the flyers, “hateful and racist.”
“It’s OK to be white.”
Wait: where’s the hate? What part of that statement is racist?
Well, you know: journalists.
Then there is East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland, who wrote that the same “racist flyers…identical to those placed on college campuses across the country by white supremacist groups in an attempt to seed division and discord” were the object of a university investigation seeking information “that could lead to the identification and prosecution of the perpetrators of this crime.”
Both of these administrators and university leaders demonstrate by their ignorant and inflammatory statements that they are unfamiliar with the Bill of Rights and neither understand nor support the values of free speech and expression. Their hysterical comments also suggest that they don’t comprehend the English langugae, which I would think should disqualify them from any position of influence in education, from kindergarten up. “It’s OK to be white” is no more a white supremacist slogan than the Flower Drum Song lyric “I enjoy being a girl” is sexist. Sure, it is designed to tweak “woke” demagogues and hypocrites, and obviously does the job well, as does the other flyer, “Islam is right about women.”
Mere words cannot constitute a crime unless they are intended to spark a riot. These words are especially harmless, except in the sense that political correctness zealots don’t have the wit to respond to them, and that injures their self-esteem. The rants of both Clark and Noland are embarrassments to their respective schools, and show they lack the judgment, objectivity and erudition to lead their institutions.
As an aside, I would like to see those who posted the flyers come forward and take credit for the deed—with their lawyers and the ACLU flanking them, of course, if the ACLU has a shred of integrity left.