Race and the Free-Speech Diversion – The New Yorker

Protesters, students, and media fill Traditions Plaza at the University of Missouri.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL CALI / SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE / TNS VIA LANDOV

 

 

“Of the many concerns unearthed by the protests at two major universities this week, the velocity at which we now move from racial recrimination to self-righteous backlash is possibly the most revealing. The unrest that occurred at the University of Missouri and at Yale University, two outwardly dissimilar institutions, shared themes of racial obtuseness, arthritic institutional responses to it, and the feeling, among students of color, that they are tenants rather than stakeholders in their universities. That these issues have now been subsumed in a debate over political correctness and free speech on campus—important but largely separate subjects—is proof of the self-serving deflection to which we should be accustomed at this point.”

 

Read on here: Race and the Free-Speech Diversion – The New Yorker

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