Note To University Presidents: Hate Speech Is Free Speech, And You Can’t Punish It

March 13, 2015

By Greg Piper at The College Fix

Another university president seems to be laying the groundwork for punishing a fraternity member for what he said.

The University of Maryland is reeling from an “offensive email” sent more than a year ago by a Kappa Sigma member but only forwarded to the administration on Tuesday, no doubt for maximum impact, The Diamondback reports:

The fraternity member allegedly wrote the email during last year’s spring rush period, addressing Kappa Sigma members and telling them — through the use of various racial slurs — to avoid inviting black, Indian and Asian women to their rush parties.

The student also alluded to sexual assault, writing “f— consent.” …

After learning of the email, the fraternity immediately suspended the member, who subsequently submitted a letter of resignation, according to a statement released this morning by the national Kappa Sigma chapter in response to the email.

Elite Daily has a screenshot of the email, including the sender’s name, “AJ Hurwitz.” It’s a piece of work.

President Wallace Loh wrote in a statement yesterday that the school “immediately met with the individual involved” when it learned of the email, “and a University investigation is currently underway, led by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct.”

Loh conducted a Twitter chat this afternoon in response to the uproar – you can see some of the questions (and many more pitchforks-in-the-air statements) using the hashtag #LohChat – and said some troubling things himself.

It starts promising…

Then goes downhill.

Loh then pulls out this tired trope…

Which provokes a useful rejoinder from Ari Cohn at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Read the full Diamondback story, and search #LohChat if you want to be depressed about the future leaders of America.

Schools: University of Maryland – College Park