Professors Warn Of ‘Thought Police’ But Outnumbered By Peers

February 12, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at

A number of professors at a South Carolina university apparently want to ban hateful free speech on social media.

More than 100 Clemson University faculty and staff signed their names to a school newspaper ad denouncing "hateful statements" on Facebook, Twitter and an app called Yik Yak.

Three other professors, meanwhile, are demanding free-speech rights (see photo below) in their own ad.

A student group created the ad to demand "diversity training;" more funding for "under-represented" groups on campus; and construction of a multi-cultural center, among other demands.

Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says it's sad to see "calls for censorship" from faculty at a university, which would be unconstitutional.

"A university is supposed to be a place where all ideas are able to be considered," says Shibley, "and this flies right in the face of that."

An online January story in The Greenville Newsreported that Clemson students were targeting Yik Yak in particular after some students used the app to post "numerous racially insensitive" posts, which is being blamed for worsening racial tensions on campus after a fraternity dressed as gang members for a party...

Schools: Clemson University