America’s colleges and universities have descended into madness, but just when you think they can’t sink any lower, they surprise you – they haven’t reached bottom yet.
The latest example comes from the State University of New York at Oswego where a conservative student has been reprimanded by a campus administrator for publicly describing what it is like to be a Republican on the overwhelmingly liberal campus.
Her “uncomfortable” speech during an open-mic event in April, she was told, “deeply hurt” students who took offense at her take on liberal intolerance and filed complaints, reported Campus Reform.
Nicole Miller, a third-year marketing major at the college, read a letter she had composed during an event at the campus Lifestyle Center, echoing complaints being voiced by conservative students across the country.
“I’ve been on this campus for almost three years now and let me tell you it’s been hard to show my beliefs here,” she said. “I’ve heard horror stories from other conservatives on this campus about the brutal mental and emotional attacks on them. I’ve had them myself. It sickens me to death that the people that preach tolerance and acceptance of all people are so openly against us and our beliefs.
“I’ve heard many stories from others like me who were attacked for their beliefs. People had their personal property destroyed, their own lives threatened, and administration has done nothing because [we’re] ‘Trump lovers.’
“It sickens me to know that administration here cares so little about us being attacked for what we believe in but will praise any decisions the other side makes and send emails about that,” Miller added. “The ‘tolerant left’ isn’t very tolerant when it comes to those their same age who have different beliefs.”
If Miller thought her presentation of grievances might change the environment at Oswego, she was mistaken.
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Responding to complaints filed by offended attendees, the school’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program coordinator, Trisha DeWolf, emailed Miller, reprimanding her for making other students uncomfortable and warning her her right to speak at the open forum in the future was in jeopardy.
“It was brought to my attention that students were uncomfortable with the letter … read during open mic last week,” DeWolfe wrote. “While I am in support of your freedom of speech, I was implored to reach out … by more than one student.”
“Anytime I receive a complaint I have to follow up,” she continued. “The unwritten policy has always been after one complaint, you receive a verbal warning and any complaint after than may result in being asked to not perform at open mic. I’ve already had to utilize this unwritten rule once this semester.”
“A few of our students were deeply hurt by some of your remarks (their words, not mine),” DeWolf concluded. “Moving forward, there will be written guidelines for performers, which I hate to have to do.”
DeWolfe’s “unwritten rule,” it would appear, is expose persecution publicly and get blamed for causing pain to the persecutors.
Interestingly, this parallels the conclusion of the commission set up to investigate last year’s riots in Berkeley when antifa and other protesters targeted conservative guest speakers on campus. The commission’s recently released report blames the violence on conservative speakers who wanted to “incite” the far-left groups to violence with the goal of making the university look bad.
“Although those speakers had every right to speak and were entitled to protection, they did not need to be on campus to exercise the right of free speech,” the report said. “Indeed, at least some of the 2017 events at Berkeley can now be seen to be part of a coordinated campaign to organize appearances on American campuses likely to incite a violent reaction, in order to advance a facile narrative that universities are not tolerant of conservative speech.”
The report continues: “Many Commission members are skeptical of these speakers’ commitment to anything other than the pursuit of wealth and fame through the instigation of anger, fear, and vengefulness in their hard-right constituency. Speech of this kind is hard to defend, especially in light of the acute distress it caused (and was intended to cause) to staff and students, many of whom felt threatened and targeted by the speakers and by the outside groups financing their appearances.”
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Miller is having none of DeWolfe’s blame-the-victim intimidation against her right to speak.
“I’m not going to apologize for standing up for what I believe in,” she wrote in a response to DeWolfe. “I’m ashamed that it’s come to this, but I’m not ashamed for standing up for my views.”
“Looking back now, I’m glad I said something,” Miller, who has attended about 25 campus open-mic events in the past, told Campus Reform. “For far too long others could say their beliefs and no one spoke against them. Now I feel even prouder to be standing up for not only myself in this situation, but for those who agree with me but are scared to say something.”