euphemism for unconstitutional censorship and selective gagging, "speech codes" have been installed in many of America
's top colleges to ensure that they are and will remain ultraliberal. Universities have always been leftist hotbeds, from Berkeley to Cornell, and as we all know the college administrapo must maintain an image of liberalness to attract students. Ironically, many of the admins in Cornell are quite conservative
, but they are forced to abandon their beliefs because of fear from lawsuits and the like.
Cornell University's speech code has been active for a while now. Among the atrocities of this thought police:
- The entire staff of the Cornell Review, the sole conservative newspaper, was nearly sent to the Judicial Administrator for punishment for so-called "hate speech"
- The Cornell listserv, a forum for anonymous debate, was shut down. Posters most show their names, "unacceptable" speech is subject to persecution by the Judicial Admin.
- Selective gagging. A released checklist of "approved speech" included radical feminist and homosexual rhetoric, as well as Marxism, minority pride, and other liberal stances. "Prohibited speech" includes fundamental religious talk (oddly, Cornell prides itself on religious diversity and tolerance), any sort of white pride, and various conservative stances.
For example, slandering the conservative candidate as a Nazi is fine, calling the liberal candidate a Nazi isn't. A true story, by the way.
- Some colleges install so-called "free speech zones" where people can say whatever they want. Cornell doesn't even have that. Not that it matters, free speech should be constitutionally guaranteed.
- Paranoid fingerpointing and witch-hunts. Anything even slightly resembling political incorrectness is investigated with a microscope, scapegoats revealed. The hapless victims? Conservatives.
Many colleges have their students watched by the thought police. A recent incident that garnered national attention in the University of Pennsylvania
ended with the entire public turning against the administrapo
and the speech code revoked. Unfortunately, that is just one college. The Supreme Court also struck down the University of Michigan
's speech code as completely unconstitutional, but most colleges (such as Cornell) refuse to remove theirs, in fear of backlash from the liberal student body.
On the darker side, physical acts of violence against conservatives are also forgiven with a smile. But that's another story.