"Students walking into a class called “Women & Popular Culture” at Washington State University (WSU) this fall were perhaps prepared to think hard about about identity politics. After all, the class at the publicly-funded school of about 28,000 students is offered through the department of critical culture, gender and race studies. In a class that examined 'the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in film and media, and the social, political, economic, and cultural practices impact of these mediums,' some language, it said, was off-limits.
"'Use of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, classist, or generally offensive language in class or submission of such material will not be tolerated,' professor Selena Lester Breikss’s syllabus read. “This includes ‘The Man,’ ‘Colored People,’ ‘Illegals/Illegal Aliens,’ ‘Tranny’ and so on — or referring to women/men as females or males.'”It would have been easier and more truthful if the professor had just insisted that students will not be allowed to say or think anything that she disagrees with.
So an out-of-state resident pays $36,424--much of which will be paid through government subsidies--to attend this university, and then university faculty refuse to uphold their First Amendment rights.
Apparently responding to a scathing commentary published Aug. 29 by Campus Reform, WSU interim president Dan Bernardo hurriedly issued a statement saying, "We are working with these faculty members to clarify, and in some cases modify, course policies...." The fact that such brazen jackbooted liberal coercion could occur openly in the first place, however, suggests a climate of largely unchecked ideological tyranny on campus.
A reasonable response would be for parents and students to boycott rather than subsidize such universities, and for Congress to cut off all federal aid to public institutions like the University of Washington that violate the Constitution.
Then the faculty and administrators can parade around in robes and soft hats in their multi-million-dollar auditoriums and prattle on about transphobia, species-ism, GOP-ism, and whatever else they can't tolerate, all day long--until they have to get to the unemployment offices before closing time.
If a government-run university, or state or federal government officials can dictate what we may say and believe, we lose our democratic republic. Let's get behind the First Amendment Defense Act (HR 2802), which would prevent the government from gagging speech and and penalizing beliefs upholding man-woman marriage. Click here to let your legislators know you won't stand for any government-sponsored or government-subsidized abridgement of our First Amendment rights to believe and speak about whatever we choose.