No weenie she.
Costescu is a junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the president of the Network of Enlightened Women chapter on campus. Her parents fled communism in Romania. She has been shocked and disturbed by the growing hostility to free speech, and indeed to freedom itself, that she has encountered at what is supposed to be an elite and distinguished institution of high learning in our nation’s capital.
As a vocal conservative, she has been threatened “so much so that [she] now fear[s] to speak freely and voice [her] conservative beliefs.” She reports that she has been cyber-bullied by other students “in such a menacing way” that she is “afraid to engage online, or even during class” with her “left-leaning peers.”
However, instead of hiding, or, as is the response sought by such tactics, conforming, Jessica wrote about her experiences on the conservative website College Fix, not anonymously but under her own name, not pathetically but in defiance. She writes in part,
Left-leaning students are extremely outspoken, threatening, intimidating, passive aggressive and rude, because they see conservative beliefs as personally offensive and a threat to their world view of being a victim….a series of threats was directed at me for simply liking a pro-freedom comment. Some peers commented that they will “find me” on campus….I reported the threats to my academic dean and then the Georgetown Police Department. I provided names of my peers who made the threats. I waited for action. Nothing happened….
[O]ne administrator told me that I should consider what the students who threatened me might be going through and why they might lash out like this. “Why are they angry,” she asked me…
In the end, Georgetown University does absolutely nothing to denounce the mob mentality their students regularly employ. Yet in contrast, left-leaning voices are welcomed and celebrated…In essence, if you do not support the ideology of the ruling party, you face real consequences. This is what is happening at Georgetown and at many other colleges and universities across the nation. This is the real pandemic — the indoctrination that they’re spreading…They claim they support diversity, but reject diversity of thought.
To my family the ability to speak freely and without fear is worth dying for. My parents’ only hope was to raise their children in a land that would not oppress them for daring to speak out, and to their horror, their children’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech is in grave danger.
I, for one, will not be silenced. My family has come too far, and fought too hard, for me to surrender.
Brava. I am going to send Jessica’s essay to my several contacts at Georgetown, including faculty members. We’ll see who the real Americans are.