“Your DNA is An Abomination”: Texas State University Embroiled In Controversy Over Racist Column Calling For “White Death” [UPDATED]

 

DNA-1122x1496 Texas State University is this week’s ground zero in our campus speech debate.  The most recent controversy was triggered by an opinion column by student Rudy Martinez on November 28th in The University Star titled “Your DNA is an abomination.”   While insisting that he cannot by definition be racist, Martinez declares that “white death will mean liberation for all.”  Martinez is a racist and the column is deeply disturbing.  However, as will come as no surprise to regulars on the blog, I still support his write to publish such views.  My concern is that universities continue to be selective in affording free speech rights to students. It is doubtful that the university would be so circumspect if the the column called for the death of minorities. UPDATE: The student columnist has been fired by the newspaper.

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France Rejects Gender Neutral Words As A “Mortal Danger” To The French Language

300px-eugene_delacroix_-_la_liberte_guidant_le_peupleWe recently discussed how the leading Irish university has barred the use of “freshman” in favor of the gender neutral term “fresh.”  The French government came to the opposite conclusion this month after  French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe rejected the demand to make French more “female-friendly” by dropping masculine words.  French, like English, often use the masculine forms as neutral terms.  It will continue to do so.

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Trinity College Dublin Drops Use Of Freshman As Sexist

images-1Trinity College Dublin has dropped the word “Freshman” as sexist and offensive for women as well as people who do not identify with male or female genders.   From now on, the 425-year-old institution will refer to students as “Fresh.”  While that makes students sound that produce, it is meant to avoid term deemed by the “Equality Committee” to be a “concrete expression of the university’s commitment to gender equality.”

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University of Illinois Instructor Arrested After Assaulting Conservative Protesters

Tariq_Khan_c168-0-900-427_s885x516The University of Illinois is facing criticism over the actions of one of its graduate students and its own failure to act against him. Tariq Khan, a PhD student at the university, was videotaped at a rally and then going bananas after spotting members of a conservative group called Turning Point USA.  Khan was later arrested but the question is how the University of Illinois will respond to yet another assault over the exercise of free speech.  The university can clearly review Khan’s conduct on the videotape and judge whether it meets the standards of the university for faculty and students alike.

 

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UC Riverside Student Charged With Grand Theft After Swiping MAGA Hat Of Fellow Student

 

 

UCR-490x315University of California -Riverside student Edith Macias achieved a degree of fame (or infamy) when she was involved in an ugly incident in September with a fellow student wearing a Make America Great Again hat.   Macias ripped the hat off the head of student Matthew Vitale and then spouted profanities in a college office.  Now Macias is looking at a charge of misdemeanor grand theft with the possibility of jail time.

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Harvard Faces Federal Investigation Over Racial Discrimination In Admissions

 

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Canadian Instructor Shows Brief Clip Of Debate Over Alternative Pronouns . . . University Accuses Her Of Creating “Toxic Environment”

WLU_Coat_of_ArmsWilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo,  Ontario, is the latest focal point for the growing free speech crisis on college campuses. University student Lindsay Shepherd, 22, teaches tutorials on language use for first year communications students in a class called “Canadian Communication in Context”.  She showed  brief clip featuring psychology professor Jordan Peterson who is against forced use of genderless and “made-up” pronouns.  Shepherd said that the clip spurred a lively and beneficial discussion in the class. However, one student filed a compliant and now Shepherd is facing an investigation for creating a “toxic environment” for showing the clip without publicly denouncing the views expressed in the clip.  It appears that the school’s motto, Veritas Omnia Vincit (“Truth Conquers All”), applies only to university sanctioned truth.

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