No freedom of speech allowed at
Oklahoma State University.
The new dark age of silencing: Maddison Farris, the editor-in-chief for Oklahoma State U’s student newspaper The O’Colly was forced to resign her position after she wrote an op-ed opposing any mask mandate on campus and her fellow editors ganged up on her, demanding she leave.
Two days after publication the newspaper’s editorial board issued “a correction”, essentially condemning Farris’s op-ed. They followed this up two days later with a meeting where they demanded Farris resign.
Farris submitted a letter of “forced resignation,” explaining that she had been called into a September 13 meeting with the rest of the editors and pressed into leaving her post.
Farris told Campus Reform that although most students at Oklahoma State support free speech, but there is a “portion of students who value free speech until it makes them uncomfortable.”
More details here. It appears Farris wrote her op-ed as a result of being forced to leave a classroom because she would not wear a mask, even though the law apparently allows her to do so.
The second link also shows a screen capture of a subsequent letter, written by a teacher and published in The O’Colly and then quickly wiped from its website, that not only criticized Farris for her opinion but argued that she really doesn’t have the right to have one. Instead, she must bow to the opinions of others who think masks somehow protect you from COVID, though there is no science research that shows this.
Once again, this story illustrates starkly the oppressive future coming to America. It was the students at Oklahoma State who forced Farris to resign because they could not handle her opinion. And they were able to behave so intolerantly because they had the endorsement of the university faculty, including their teacher advisor, who apparently endorsed their decision to push Farris out because she had written something they disagreed with
In five to ten years these students will have entered society as full citizens having been taught that it is acceptable to blacklist someone for expressing opinions you disagree with. They have also been taught by the school that having a closed-mind is a good thing. Do not expect them to change significantly in the coming years. If anything, expect them to become more intolerant.
Once again I ask, why is the state of Oklahoma funding a school that teaches these oppressive ideas? Both houses in the state legislature as well as the governor are controlled by Republicans. Why are they all sitting on their hands and allowing such blacklisting to take place? They could very quickly take steps to stop it.
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