By Eric Owens at The Daily Caller
Administrators at a private college in Colorado have suspended a student for almost two years because he responded to the comment “#blackwomenmatter” by saying “They matter, they’re just not hot.”
The fracas occurred in November at Colorado College, a fancypants liberal arts enclave in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The forum for the exchange was Yik Yak, the anonymous social media app.
The student, Thaddeus Pryor, is also banned from campus until August 28, 2017, as a letter from associate dean of students Rochelle T. Mason makes clear.
In her letter, Mason explains that the reason for Pryor’s two-year suspension and total campus ban is to “educate one another” and to “provide an opportunity for growth and development.”
Colorado College found Pryor guilty of violating a pair of policies: “Abusive Behavior” and “Disruption of College Activities.”
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a free speech organization, has intervened on Pryor’s behalf. Late last month, FIRE representatives sent a letter to Colorado College president Jill Tiefenthaler urging her to abide by and “honor the explicit, repeated, and unequivocal promises of freedom of expression it has made to its students” in its own student guide, “The Pathfinder...