Debate over Offensive Letter at University of Michigan–Flint

By on October 18, 2007

In the latest in a series of controversies involving student newspapers, a college newspaper at the University of Michigan–Flint has come under fire because it published an offensive letter to the editor insulting the university’s Muslim community. As with the recent case at Colorado State University, the letter seems to have spurred some calls for investigation by college administrators, but most of the students in the article demonstrate an impressive understanding of the right to free speech. Interim Chancellor Jack Kay agrees with them, saying he would never advocate censorship—while exercising his right to express his own opinion about the newspaper’s decision to run the editorial.