No freedom of speech allowed at Auburn University!
The new dark age of silencing: A conservative student at Auburn University was voted down for government office essentially because it was revealed that he was conservative and Christian, and had expressed entirely reasonable views on Twitter criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its racist and Marxist agenda.
A junior nominated for a position on Auburn University’s student government was successfully shot down because he expressed Christian and conservative beliefs on social media.
Stephen Morris was nominated for the position of chief justice of Auburn University’s Student Government Association. To his surprise, at the session where his nomination was to be taken up, held remotely over video, several members of the student senate strongly opposed his nomination.
Morris’s critics accused him of racism over tweets they found offensive, and declared him unfit for service in student government.
The story at the link provides three examples of Morris’s tweets. None show the slightest indication of racism, merely a strong opposition to the agenda of Black Lives Matter, which despite its name seems entirely disinterested in the terrible crime rate in black communities, where innocent blacks are daily killed and robbed by the black criminals in their midst. Instead, all BLM cares about is eliminating any police protection for those innocent blacks, and for gaining as power and money for itself.
The most disturbing aspect of this story is how it is now considered unacceptable in academic circles to have conservative beliefs. If you do, you will made a pariah who must be hounded from society. Worse, very few people in academia see this as a problem, but routinely go along with the bullying tactics of leftist race-mongers, usually found in race and gender study programs.
At Auburn this blacklisting campaign appears to have been spear-headed by a different race-based organization, its “Black Student Union” and its incoming president, Myra Strickland, who said at the meeting where the vote against Morris occurred that voting against him was simply an act of “human decency” because she construed any criticism of BLM to be racist.
This is a great example of the kettle calling the teapot black. Strickland heads a blatantly bigoted organization whose membership is expressly limited by race and has the goal of helping that race exclusively. If such a student union was created for whites only it would be called a re-emergence of the KKK (which by the way it would be).
Such a racial-based organization is merely the KKK in black hoods instead of white. Strickland needs to look in a mirror if she wants to demand human decency from others.
The other disturbing aspect of this is the apparent level of hate and ignorance expressed by those who opposed Strickland. This quote from one student was especially embarrassing:
I’ve been informed that someone who’s running for, I think, vice president of the judicial branch or something has some like concerning beliefs like that I feel like just wouldn’t fit like the position. I don’t really know how y’all do things, but I wouldn’t, I personally would not want Stephen Morrison to be in that position (checks notes) chief justice, because I’ve just feel like if someone can trivialize like poverty to things like marriage and abstaining to like abstaining to have sex or finishing high school, like I don’t, I can’t see how they’re trying to, how they can be in that position. And just like other things they have said, especially their stance on Black Lives Matter, saying hate speech doesn’t exist, like how can you be a chief justice and not think hate speech doesn’t exist, like that doesn’t make sense. Just a whole bunch of stuff, like going through their Twitter just stresses me out. And I don’t think I’m the only one that doesn’t want to see them in that position.
She really hadn’t the faintest idea what Morris had been trying to say, nor did it appear she had the slightest interest in finding out. He dared say things that at first glance she didn’t like, and that was enough for her. He must be banned, even though she herself doesn’t really know what he was being banned from doing.
Maybe Morris’s biggest mistake was using Twitter as a forum for expressing his intellectual ideas. As he himself admitted after he had been rejected, “I could have said it in a nicer way.” However, he said it on Twitter, so by nature it couldn’t be said nicely. Twitter is designed to make short, emotional, and snarky comments that carry little content but will very effectively enrage those criticized. No one learns anything there.
Worse, anything said there is later used as ammunition to destroy you, as Morris has now learned.