Wellesley College Student Newspaper Redefines 1st Amendment, Endorses Lack of Protections for ‘Hate Speech’

As we’ve seen for quite some time, students on American college campuses have been roiling with ‘rage’ over the need for safe spaces, exhibiting white hot hatred for people who are not Democrats, and using hurt feelings (not to mention riots) to keep out invited speakers who don’t agree with them.

It’s been quite a fall from grace for the First Amendment on college campuses.

This is especially so at Wellesley College where students have now penned a new edition of the First Amendment, which The Daily Caller reports endorses violence against people who spew what is, in their opinion, “hate speech.”

Events over the past few months presaged the move.

In November, two frat guys from a nearby college drove over to the Wellesley campus and gloated about the election by waving a Donald Trump flag then yelling, “Make America Great Again!”

The Boston Globe reports that their hijinks got the students kicked out of school, black-balled from their fraternity, and wrongly accused by student “eyewitnesses” of spewing racial epithets, wearing Ku Klux Klan attire, and waving a Confederate flag.

The Globe reports that the students were later cleared, but only after they apologized for “hurtfully display[ing] a flag that symbolizes fear for many people” and for an “insensitive celebration of the Trump victory.”

Their school year, however, was shot.

Then in March, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported that a group of Wellesley professors, writing on behalf of the college’s Commission on Ethnicity, Race and Equity, instructed other professors that invited speakers who held opinions contrary to prevailing leftist thought were stealing “liberty” from students who heard their words.

The College Fix reported:

The six faculty on the women’s college commission cited the left-wing historian Jelani Cobb’s theory that certain ideas “impose on the liberty of another” if the person hearing those ideas is “relatively disempowered”:

Now, The Daily Caller reports that the student newspaper has taken the cue and rewritten the First Amendment to justify violence against those who use what they consider “hate speech”:

[T]he student newspaper at the elite private college has taken it a step further – justifying violence against anyone who “either continue to speak hate speech or refuse to adapt their beliefs” to accepted progressive norms, saying “then hostility may be warranted.”

The students wrote:

“Wellesley students are generally correct in their attempts to differentiate what is viable discourse from what is just hate speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech.”

The student newspaper site crashed from all the activity. The Daily Caller reported that the student paper editorial board wrote that some speech should be squelched:

The editorial board at the paper then ascribes a new meaning to the First Amendment. “The spirit of free speech is to protect the suppressed, not to protect a free-for-all where anything is acceptable, no matter how hateful and damaging,” the demand.

For its part, FIRE has given the small, private college a “red light” – the lowest possible rating for free speech on campus.

What do you think?

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