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That’s Morgan Freeman — obviously not the male African—American actor who donated $1 million to President Obama’s re—election effort.
This MF is a student at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas (about 80 miles north of Houston and Dan Rather’s alma mater). HerStudents for Liberty chapter put together a "free speech wall" and invited students to write whatever the hell they wanted to write. Entries ranged from listing the college president’s salary to calling out cheating lovers to the inevitable "Nazi Punks Fuck Off."
But things got hairy when a professor spied a "Fuck Obama" message — and literally cut it out of the wall. And then the campus cops showed up, telling the students to start censoring free speech.
This video was created by Reason TV alum Ted Balaker for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which stepped in to support free speech at SHSU.
From FIRE’s writeup:
Published on Oct 1, 2012 by TheFIREorg
Last year, college censorship took a turn for the ridiculous when a professor at Sam Houston State University vandalized a student—sponsored "free speech wall" with a box—cutting knife to remove anti—President Obama speech he didn’t like. When the students complained about the vandalism to the campus police, the police took the professor’s side and demanded still more censorship, leading students to dismantle the wall. Morgan Freeman, the student who organized the protest, recounts this amazing and disturbing story in FIRE’s latest video.
Warning: the story involves a four—letter word!
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Produced by Ted Balaker. Interview by Greg Lukianoff. Music "Alice in Wonderland" by Emma Wallace (Magnatune Records)
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University: Faculty Member Takes Box Cutter to Students’ Free Speech Wall; Police Threaten Students with Misdemeanor