Chronicles of Madness – Episode 25

In our 25th episode of Madness Chronicles, we will see the craziness of what happened to free speech. Remember, insanity is a state of mental illness, seriously foolish behavior, and a state of frenzied or chaotic activity. Let’s take a look at the bizarre and maddening events in the world of free speech.

At Iowa State University, English teacher Chloe Clark told her students that they were prohibited from criticizing BLM, LGBTQ ad infinitum or being against abortion in their jobs and projects. Here’s a question, have you heard of the First Amendment? At the University of Pittsburgh, a professor of medicine lost his administrative position at his affiliated hospital. Your sin? He wrote an academic article arguing that affirmative action has damaged “the medical academy.” Opinions are apparently punished at Pitt?

In an opposite example, at the University of Washington, a recent student op-ed was titled “Yes, All Cops Are Bastards.” Apparently, is the First Amendment properly applied here? Returning to the East Coast, at Stockton University, a 20-minute drive from Atlantic City, NJ, a student was charged with disruptive behavior, discrimination, harassment and creating a hostile environment that caused ‘harm’. Oh, he was also charged with cyberbullying. What the hell did this boy do? He used the image of President Trump as a background for Zoom during an online class. I wonder if they called SWAT.

After moving to New England, Boston University did not invite author Edward Ball, who wrote “The Life of a Klan Member: A Family History of White Supremacy.” The book tells the story of his great-grandfather, a member of the Ku Klux Klan. It was supposed to have been a discussion about Ibram Kendi, a Boston University professor whose 2019 book “How to Be an Anti-Racist” is practically required reading on the average campus. The students were outraged and the administration relented. Why?

At Wright State University, an economics professor was banned from teaching a critical lecture on Marxism to the student body. They protested that if it was in favor of Marxism, that was one thing. If it is against Marxism, well, that was something else. The administration again gave in to the demands of the students. Go figure?

At Skidmore College, students demanded that a professor be suspended after seeing online that he had attended a pro-police rally. He was suspended, an investigation was conducted and he was later reinstated. Today’s students take themselves very seriously. Is it like they really know something?

By finally moving to Fordham University, a student who was punished is fighting back. He is a Chinese immigrant student who really knows what it’s like to be oppressed and he said, ‘I’m fighting for something bigger than myself.’ The University punished him for posting an Instagram photo intended to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in China. Where do universities come from thinking that they have the right to control the life of a student or that students control the life of a professor off campus? It’s crazy.

The First Amendment specifically says with respect to free speech that “Congress shall not enact any laws … that restrict freedom of speech.” Interestingly, there are no subparts or clauses, just a simple right. Enough is enough. It is better for the silent majority to speak before they are forced to remain silent.

May we wake up from this madness before it is too late. I wish you good health, and until next time, have fun, enjoy life, and watch out for the madness between us. It’s 2020 and it’s getting out of hand.