This past week, several stories were published that detailed even more misadventures of the social justice movement.
Social justice warriors worked hard to suppress hate speech, address campus rape culture, and prevent crazed free speech advocates from using their First Amendment rights to level an entire city with the force of their rhetoric. Let us begin.
Texas Professor Is Okay With Betsy Devos Being Sexually Assaulted
For starters, Robert Ranco, a professor at Austin Community College in Texas, took to Twitter to express his displeasure with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. He tweeted,
“I’m not wishing for it…but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX”
Currently, Mr. Ranco teaches the “Advanced Research and Writing” class where he trains his students on the finer points of creating prose, crafting arguments, and using social media for tasteless virtue signaling. Ranco – along with many others on the left – are upset with DeVos because of her irrational belief that those who are accused of sexual assault should be given due process.
While Ranco has received his share of criticism for the incendiary tweet, others have praised his attempt to reach DeVos. Tavis Bingham, a student at the university, said:
“I think Professor Ranco was right. DeVos needs to understand that the world is dangerous for young women and maybe the best way for this to happen is to become a victim of sexual assault herself. That’ll show her!”
DeVos has stated that alleged victims of rape should have their cases investigated by the police – not college administrations. People on the left have criticized DeVos because it is clear that victims of sexual assault deserve to have their cases investigated by individuals who have no idea what they’re doing.
When asked about the cases where male students have their lives ruined by false accusations of rape, he responded, “Well, I think women deserve to be believed, even if there is absolutely no evidence that their accusations are true. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence, right?”
Southern Illinois University Threatens Disciplinary Action Against “Hateful Demonstrations”
The administration at Southern Illinois University has announced that they will take “disciplinary action” against hateful protests. In The Daily Egyptian – the school’s newspaper, they state that the university allows students to protest peacefully, but they won’t put up with events that promote “hate.”
Officials at the school have announced that if an event does descend into hate speech, they would deploy members of campus police and even ask for assistance from city and state police to address the issue. Of course, the administration does not discuss how they define “hate speech.” When asked about this, Mitsy Masterson, a school official said, “Don’t worry about it. We know what hate speech is when we hear it. We got this.”
The newspaper also indicated that students would be encouraged to see university psychologists if they experience incidents involving hate speech. Henrietta Halverstam, a student at the school, said that she has already availed herself of these services:
“One time, I heard some guy say that Antifa is a domestic terrorist group. I couldn’t believe it – they fight fascists, don’t they? I was literally shaking. It took twenty sessions with the psychologist to keep me sane.” I asked her how the school defines hate speech. She said, “I don’t really know, but I think anyone who doesn’t believe in intersectionality and stuff like that is pretty hateful.”
Berkeley Professors Canceling Classes During Free Speech Week
Finally, at UC Berkeley – the home of the free speech movement – professors are celebrating the First Amendment by canceling their classes so that students can boycott “free speech week,” which is an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos, Stephen Bannon, and Ann Coulter. Seven faculty members co-authored a letter – which was signed by 132 members of several departments – urging other professors to cancel their classes and encourage their students to stay at home.
These faculty members hope to convince their colleagues to follow their lead by blatantly lying to them. The letter claims that a series of “explicitly violent alt-right, militia, and pro-Fascist events are being planned” for free speech week.
One professor was quoted as saying, “Yeah, I heard that Milo’s going to drive a tank into our city and blow up the college!” Another faculty member said “Many people don’t know this, but Ann Coulter practices a particularly deadly form of ninjutsu. A reliable source told me she’s gonna show up with a samurai sword and go all “Kill Bill” on us! It’s just not safe”
After being told that the First Amendment guarantees the speakers the right to voice their opinions, Wally Weaselton, another administration official said, “Well, yeah – that First Amendment is quite problematic. Maybe…we should do something about that?” He added, “I mean, I’m all for free speech, as long as it doesn’t hurt my feelings. Also, I don’t want to get my head chopped off by Ann Coulter – did you hear about her samurai sword skills?”
Summing It All Up
In this day and age, being a student or professor at any of our esteemed learning institutions can be quite the challenge. Every day, students have to worry about hate speech, microaggressions, and samurai sword-wielding conservative pundits.
If the current political climate is any indication, the social justice movement has a long road ahead of them. If social justice warriors are going to convince the American public that all speech with which they disagree is hate speech, they must continue to be persistent – and annoying. Fortunately for them, they seem to excel on both counts.