FIRE-y Rhetoric

I like to check FIRE for the latest in on-campus free speech kerfuffles, and so I thought I’d share one with you.
Seems Southwest Missouri State University is all in an uproar about a cartoon published in the school paper. Go here to read the article, see the cartoon, and check out the university’s “measured” (read: slightly hysterical) response.
Then go here and read a student’s response to the cartoon, which more closely resembles an essay from Whitey Sucks 101 than a response to a cartoon. Did I mention that the cartoon was drawn by a Native American? Yeah.
Ya know what’s missing from our universities nowadays? Well, aside from the ability of students to actually express themselves without fear?
Thoughtful debate and discourse, that’s what. Of course, for debate to be thoughtful, it must by definition include a little more than a knee-jerk response by everyone involved. I wonder whose responsibility it is to teach the future of America about thoughtful discourse?
Oh, right. Nevermind. Perhaps in an environment where there is no rational discourse, speech codes are the only solution.

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2 comments

  1. RB

    You know Southwest Missouri State is a dismal school when a story like this is the first clue that most people have of the school’s very existence. The way universities have been taken over by these speech code fascists is more than a little reminiscent of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”