They’re coming for you next: The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Governing Board at the University of Connecticut has condemned its student president, Mike Hernández, because he is supporting campus legislation that would protect the free speech rights of students.
The bill, which was introduced by sixth semester junior political science and economics double major Isadore Johnson, aims to protect students and their right to freely express their opinions within student government and also at UConn as a whole.
Opponents of the bill, however, have argued the legislation gives students a free pass to express casual racism, homophobia and misogyny without consequence, and have expressed concern over Hernández’s support of the bill.
The board is using as its trigger to condemn Hernández a single comment he supposedly made privately to another student, where he allegedly said that affirmative action legislation as well as rules forbidding anyone from saying anything offensive about minorities is equivalent “to treating minorities like children.” From that board’s statement, which was approved by this board by a vote of 8-1, with one abstention:
Over the past several weeks, President Hernández has acted in a manner unbecoming of the office he holds, which has manifested in an apparent inability to understand the impact that his actions have and a disregard for the concerns repeatedly brought to him by those he leads.
We specifically reject the assertion that protecting minorities is akin to treating them like children, as President Hernández put it in a recent message to a student. We reaffirm our sentiment that the best way to promote inclusion is to condemn racism, antisemitism, sexism, and all other forms of bias and discrimination
The USG Governing Board denounces these actions and with this statement declares that we do not agree with or condone the behavior of President Hernández.
First, as far as I can tell the statement is unconfirmed. Assuming he did say it however so what? It was during a private conversation, he was stating an actual truth, and even if you don’t like his opinion he has the right to speak his mind, assuming we still believe in free speech and the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.
Second but far more important, note that this condemnation and the opposition to the free speech bill is coming from the student body, not their teachers or the university’s administration. It appears that a large percentage of the students at UConn, maybe a majority, clearly do not believe in free speech and the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. If anything, they despise it, and believe it is their right to use any and all means to crush anyone who disagrees with them.
The future of United States, and the world, is very grim indeed if this is the attitude and world view of the coming generation. Prepare for far more evils of oppression as this fascist generation begins to take control of society and begins implementing its despotic view of society.
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