So they have a "team" down there to respond to complaints that somebody may have said something that somebody else finds "offensive". The poor little snowflakes.
Certainly, there are a few limitations to the First Amendment Rights that we celebrate today; yelling "fire" in a theater isn't allowed, nor is threatening someone. But there is no right to not be offended by the opinions of another person in this country - this is a First Amendment Right, not a First Amendment Suggestion. But college kids today don't seem quite able to grasp the difference:
“Fifty percent of American college students want speech codes today, and an awful lot of people talk about micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, various other kinds of stuff,” said Jonathan Cole, a Columbia University professor who spoke at the UO recently.
“College is supposed to be unsettling. It is not supposed to be comforting,” Cole said. “It’s not supposed to be entirely safe — safe in a physical sense, of course — but not in an intellectual sense. We have to combat a tendency among a lot of our students who believe that in fact they are not there to be challenged.”
“It’s concerning that the (UO) would take the time to micromanage and police everyday speech and interaction by students,” said Azhar Majeed, an attorney at the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE.
The university must stop any investigation of speech once it becomes clear the utterance is protected by the First Amendment, even when the speech is offensive or even reprehensible, Majeed argued.
“Unless it rises to one of the narrow exceptions to the First Amendment — such as obscenity or defamation or a true threat — more than likely it is protected speech,” he said.
It's more than a bit disconcerting that half of college students want codes limiting freedom of speech today. They truly are victims - of helicopter parents. Overprotective parenting has resulted in a huge crop of precious little snowflakes who are completely unprepared for life in the real world, and this is the result; a huge number of 18 - to 20-somethings who truly believe that they should be protected from anything and everything that might in some way cause them emotional discomfort. These kids are now fully prepared to embrace totalitarian rule.
In recent weeks, The Washington Post, The New Republic and The National Review have variously described the UO program as “humorless, illiberal and dangerous” and “an Orwellian bureau that investigates students and faculty members for saying the wrong thing.”
When even The Washington Post gets it, you know that we have a big problem in our institutions of higher vegetation. Here's hoping that tonight's fireworks displays don't frighten the snowflakes too terribly. To these kids, Tolerance™ is a one-way street.