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1.  Freedom of speech on campus

Posted 08-13-2017 18:50
Edited by Wayne Wilson 08-14-2017 20:22
The university is designed to acclimate young minds to the real world and the voice of the student body and faculty members should be heard right?

Sure. Just as long as the protest does not interfere with learning or the violation of individual rights. The caveat to holding a belief of hatred towards a group typically is not socially accepted, in addition, does not align with many university and company culture of diversity and inclusion. The UVA protesters and counter-protesters elicited a strong response from social media. Many were elated the protesters did not wear hoods and the like, as they were identified and fired quicker than a healthcare worker posting patient information and photos on social media. I came across an interesting post today, "You don't get to be both a nazi and a proud American. We literally had a war about this. The whole world was involved."

An interesting article regarding the violence in Charlottesville:

Violence in Charlottesville - Jeffrey Tucker - Foundation of Economic Education

Corrected report:
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), was inaccurately reported as the location of the alt-right protest. The correct location was University of Virginia (UVA) at Charlottesville.

My apologies for inaccurately stating VCU and thank you Teresa for bringing this to my attention.
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Wayne Wilson
DAC Committee Chair
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2.  RE: Freedom of speech on campus

Posted 08-14-2017 08:58

​There should be no "safe zones" on college campi. The purpose of college is to develop critical thinking skills, you have to confront a diversity of viewpoints and learn how to dissect the points made. Today's colleges are cheating students, not allowing them to experience the diversity of ideas. College is a time to broaden your horizons and to learn how to think. College is not for those who are against the 1st amendment.



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Roman Golash
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood IL
708-216-8486
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3.  RE: Freedom of speech on campus

Posted 08-14-2017 23:22
Edited by Wayne Wilson 08-15-2017 21:14
Roman,

Glad you added your input. I agree with your assessment of the importance of freedom speech, however, it is difficult to dissect the arguments of the alt-right (fascist ideology) as they appear to be mere sophistry. I have personal biases based on not directly speaking with members of this group.

My question is...

  • At what point should freedom of speech be viewed as a potential threat to an individual's right? 


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Deshon "Wayne" Wilson, B.S., MT(AMT)
DAC Committee Chair
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4.  RE: Freedom of speech on campus

Posted 15 days ago
Edited by Susan Edralin 12 days ago
Your question:  "At what point should freedom of speech be viewed as a potential threat to an individual's right?"
Answer:   "When free speech is denied, it is a threat to the individual right. However, when violence is threatened or actually occurs it threatens everyone's individual rights."

This applies to society in general and not just the college campus.  Remember that free speech is merely opinions, and local regulatory policies must be followed (permits, publication postings, notifications, etc.)  That said, in the workplace and academic settings there are federally protected classes for discrimination which help to ensure that all citizens may speak.  See here:  Types of Discrimination
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5.  RE: Freedom of speech on campus

Posted 08-14-2017 10:53
In response to Wayne's message, I want to point out that the tragic events took place in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia (UVA), not VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University).

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Teresa Nadder
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6.  RE: Freedom of speech on campus

Posted 08-14-2017 20:21
Corrected report:
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), was inaccurately reported as the location of the alt-right protest. The correct location was University of Virginia (UVA) at Charlottesville.

My apologies for inaccurately stating VCU and thank you Teresa for bringing this to my attention.

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Wayne Wilson
DAC Committee Chair
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