No first amendment permitted at Northwestern
University, if the students have their say.
Blacklists are back and the students at Northwestern U have got ’em! The student government at Northwestern University in Illinois recently passed a resolution demanding that the school’s board of trustees remove trustee J. Landis Martin from the presidential search committee because he had the gall to donate to Trump’s presidential campaign.
On June 2, student government members approved a resolution to remove J. Landis Martin, Chairman for the Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees, from the Presidential Search Committee, which is reported to be choosing the next Northwestern University President within the next year, according to the Daily Northwestern.
Outlined in the “Resolution for the Recusal of J. Landis Martin from the Presidential Search Committee” are the reasons the student government voted 17-1 to dismiss Martin on June 2nd.
The resolution lists that that “Northwestern University students are a diverse population that identify with many of the groups that Donald Trump harmed during his campaign and presidency,” and also “the conservative political ideology of Donald Trump, including those that support him, do not align with the views of the average Northwestern undergraduate.” [emphasis mine]
In other words, these students will not tolerate on their campus anyone who expresses an opinion they disagree with. There will be no free speech, no open discourse, and no debate. Agree with them, or you will be silenced, blackballed, and removed.
Note also that they claim Trump “harmed” people, but of course they never delineate exactly how he did that. The resolution, available to read here and posted to the right, merely mentions Trump’s crimes of “ableism, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia and transphobia.” These “isms” mean nothing, are not based on any actual events, and are really nothing but slander, what has become the routine tactic of the left since the Obama presidency when faced with any opposition.
The resolution was passed at the beginning of June. It is not binding on the university, and as of now there is no indication that the school administration will do what it demands. Thus, if you wanted to stick your head in the sand and pretend all is well, you could say that Landis has not been blacklisted at all.
The point however is that it is the student leadership that is demanding this blacklisting. Even if they don’t get it now, these same fascists will someday be in charge everywhere, and will make sure they get all their opponents blacklisted then.
In the past the school would have strongly told these students they are wrong and possibly subjected them to severe penalties for such uncivil and intolerant public behavior. In the past thuggery like this would have possibly gotten you thrown out of a university, because universities were once intended as places of learning where an open marketplace of ideas flourished. To demand the silencing of anyone was wrong, and would not be tolerated. You were encouraged to vigorously debate with your opponents, but you couldn’t simply call for their removal and blacklisting.
No longer. Even if Northwestern’s administration does not bow to these bullying demands, by allowing it to fester without condemnation means that the infection of hate and oppression will spread, grow, and eventual rule all.
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