We all know that many college students are against free speech. But there’s another group of people in colleges that the media overlooks: professors. These upper-middle class people with tenure are some of the most anti-free speech leftists on the planet.
And, recently, one of these professors, English Professor Aaron Hanlon from Maine’s Colby College, wrote a piece on the New Republic on the no-platforming and rioting occurring at Berkeley in response to Milo Yiannopoulos, Lauren Southern and now Ann Coulter simply being invited to speak at the university.
These sentences summarize his thought process entirely:
“Disinviting right-wing provocateurs isn't a suppression of free speech. It’s a value judgment in keeping with higher education's mission.”
Notice how he shifts the blame not on those who are causing violence like Antifa but, instead, on the people who were invited by campus clubs to make a speech.
Even if I grant you the idea that those speakers are just provocateurs, which they are not, Hanlon is, in a way, victim blaming, because they’re the one’s being threatened with violence.
Also, he states that this is not the colleges targeting speech, but instead, that this is the college targeting speech that has little to no value.
But who creates these value judgments?
He goes on to say that no-platforming people is in keeping with higher education’s mission.
I think that higher education is meant to teach people how to live, and that means surrounding yourself with ideas that evoke a response, and learning how to combat those ideas properly.
Those who are part of the "social justice" school of thought, who act violently when confronted with an idea they don’t like, exist because professor like Aaron Hanlon support their existence instead of standing against them.
As we allow these professors to take over our schools, we’ll see more no-platforming and more censorship of legitimate ideas. Let’s not allow that to happen.