Universities are bastions of free speech and free thought, right? Maybe they once were but these days such freedom is routinely under attack thanks to the repugnant virus that is political correctness as we saw at Western University recently.
The administration is outraged by the “repugnant” misuse of the Black Lives Matter slogan after four young men donning Western shirts posed in front of a banner proclaiming “Western Lives Matter.”
Western vice-president Jana Luker claims the banner “produced outrage and backlash within our community”, explaining:
“’Black Lives Matter’ is an important human rights movement and a powerful response to systemic racism that permeates our society. Co-opting the ‘Lives Matter’ phrase in this way is repugnant and trivializes the validity of this international cause and network.”
She said Western is investigating whether the young men violated the university’s student code of conduct, and Campus Community Police and London Police are investigating the matter along with them.
Yes, she actually called the cops!
Inherent to free speech is parody and satire and the Black Lives Matter slogan is fair game for parody.
So I say, “Satirists Lives Matter. And if I’ve offended any social justice warrior with that phrase, go ahead and call the cops.