Higher education’s love affair with squashing free speech on campus



college campus photoBy Michael McGrady

Thomas Jefferson once said that, “rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

Jefferson’s sentiment, however, has been lost. It’s not that surprising to come across situations that result in the suffocation of a college student’s rights to free speech and academic liberty. It’s preposterous that more and more college students, millennial students especially, expect to be “reeducated” in their higher education.

These students are brainwashed to believe in every word of their progressive professors who purport a one sided, flawed, and ambivalent agenda. Regrettably, this paradigm is “communistic” in nature and is disguised by “diversity education,” “sensitivity trainings,” and a misguided definition of “equal opportunity” in the eyes of the law.

Granted, much of the intent for programs and trends like these are well placed, but, it’s impractical to delineate policy and curriculum heralding “diversity.” The problem is that these programs have been proven time and time again that they squash the idea of liberty of thought, freedom of press for students, and the overall sanctity of the First Amendment.

Why does the academic community favor the progressive narrative? How do they view the benefits of such a school of thought?

To answer both questions, I submit to you that political correctness is the root cause to this major crisis.

Being politically correct is defined as being “marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.” In broad strokes, when one is politically correct that are being “sensitive” to unavoidable facets of human existence.

Political correctness plays so well into the hands of academia’s progressives because college is a natural proving ground for young, naive minds in a truly “diverse” atmosphere. An atmosphere that can result in one’s overall socio-economic-political and moral beliefs meeting disciplinary, even criminal, ramifications if uttered at the wrong time.

Nonetheless, the hypocrisy of these institutions continues to grow because of loaded rhetoric that spews from the shriveled bowels of academia’s established hierarchy of mediocrity and postmodern excrement.

Richard L. Cravatts, in a column for The American Thinker, points out the evident falsehood of having one’s voice heard on a college campus is rooted in the scourge of the liberal’s “libelous and vituperative campaign” to shut down speech.

“The disturbing campaign to suppress speech that is purportedly hurtful, unpleasant, or morally distasteful is a troubling and recurrent pattern of behavior by “progressive” leftists and “social justice” advocates,” Cravatts writes.

Regardless, the fight against thought is destructive. A more recent example can be seen at the campus of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) when a bias response team censored a former professor.  The professor was, “asked to cease discussing transgender issues in the classroom because one of his students who identifies as a transwoman “was very offended and hurt by this,” via a report from Campus Reform on the matter. The Denver Post Editorial Board even characterized UNC’s  move as “weak-kneed” commitment to free speech and academic liberty.

What it all comes down to though, is that nothing will change unless there is a promotion for liberty of thought in our schools and higher ed institutions starting out. Coming generations are at risk of becoming liberal, pant-suited cronies of the tyrannical left.

rQ6LlUjk_400x400McGrady is a contributor to The Real CVP from Colorado Springs, Colorado. McGrady is a proud student of global politics, a political consultant, a conservative freelance writer, policy junkie, pundit, and friend of the grassroots from Colorado Springs, Colorado. His work has been published, featured, and/or cited by The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, The Hill, Fox News, Fox Nation, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and numerous national publications including outlets from some of the nation’s foremost free market think tanks. Follow him on Twitter (@mikemcgrady2).