Student Newspaper Says ’Emotional Injury’ Justifies the Squelching of Unpopular Speech

October 23, 2015

By Greg Piper at The College Fix 

The fall term just started and student newspapers across the country are already reeling from actions that threaten their ability to publish controversial and unpopular speech.

We’ve covered several here, particularly the kerfuffle that Wesleyan University’s Bryan Stascavage provoked when he wrote a (mildly) critical column about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hundreds of Argus copies were stolen, its staffers (including Iraq war veteran Stascavage) intimidated by activists, and its funding source potentially threatened by the student government.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education offers this rundown of the year so far:

Brown University’s Daily Herald apologized for two op-eds (and deleted one) because they “hurt” some black and Asian-American students

Hundreds of copies of the University of Alabama’s Crimson White were stolen, likely because of an editorial cartoon criticizing hazing

Louisiana State’s law school is considering enforcing “standards” against The Civilianthat would include “extensive prior content review, prior restraint, and editorial control by multiple layers of administrators.”

It’s even sadder when student newspapers internalize the message that they shouldn’t question prevailing orthodoxies because it might hurt people’s feelings.

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