New York Gov. Kathy Hochul sent a letter warning the presidents of colleges and universities in New York promised “aggressive enforcement action” against any institution failing to prohibit and punish speech calling for genocide.
University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill and board chair Scott Bok announced their resignations after McGill said the university should back away from its traditional protection of speech.
Creating a “genocide” exception to free speech only opens the door to more speech restrictions and selective enforcement.
Frederick Douglass argued that freedom of speech was essential in maintaining one’s liberty. In the minds of Douglass and other abolitionists, the free exchange of ideas produced greater political freedom.