When faculty members at Williams College banded together to fight for free speech, the social justice crybullies came and cried.
After the professors drafted the faculty petition, which Maroja said about half of the college’s roughly 400 professors signed, they scheduled a meeting in November to discuss the proposal. Maroja said a formal vote on the petition was not scheduled to take place at this meeting.
She said a group of about 20 students showed up, some carrying signs proclaiming “free speech harms” and other similar sentiments. Maroja said the students were disruptive and eventually started yelling at white, male professors to sit down and “acknowledge their privilege.” Maroja said she attempted to engage the students — as a Hispanic woman, she said she understood prejudice — and told them that shutting down speech they find offensive would only invigorate bigoted speakers.
The students were unpersuaded.
“Students were just screaming that we were trying to ‘kill them,’” Maroja said.
The students had put together and brought with them a lengthy statement, which has since morphed into a counterpetition, that argued the Chicago principles — and more broadly, unfettered free speech — harms minority students.
If America didn’t have free speech, the civil rights movement would have never happened.
But at Williams College, lefties berated a Hispanic professor while screaming that free speech is killing them. Free speech doesn’t kill races. It does kill bad ideas.