Justin Trudeau gave the commencement address at New York University this year where he stressed diversity, but probably not the kind of diversity graduates were expecting to hear. Trudeau stressed the need for diversity of thought, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
But actions speak louder than words and so far the actions we’ve seen in Canada’s education system are not very indicative of a safe space for a diversity of opinions. Trudeau mentioned former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier in his speech, extolling his virtue for recognizing the potential benefits of bursting one’s echo chamber.
And I’m sure Wilfrid was a great lad. But Trudeau didn’t touch at all on the main reason we’ve seen Wilfrid Laurier in the headlines the past half-year. That is, Wilfrid Laurier University. More specifically, Lindsay Shepherd, who got scolded for showing her class a video with Jordan Peterson engaging in a debate.
Actions speak louder than words and if Trudeau wants people to believe this seemingly newfound commitment to the marketplace of ideas, he might want to consider — to borrow another cliche — putting his money where his mouth is and perhaps strip schools that do not tolerate a viewpoint diversity of their federal funding.
NYU Shoots Down BDS Resolution
New York University’s student senate voted to divest from companies like Caterpillar and General Electric that do business with Israel, reported Campus Reform. But as we saw with the University of Michigan, students can pass a BDS resolution, but that doesn’t mean the administration will give two hoots.
This was a secret ballot vote and before we go any further, let me just say that I really don’t understand secret ballot votes. You’re electing student senators to represent you and your interests. If you don’t know how these senators voted — particularly on such a contentious topic as Israel — how will you hold them accountable?
NYU’s Black Student Union supported the resolution, suggesting that both Palestinians and American blacks fight against white supremacy. The group said “we continue to see a linkage between the Palestinian oppression and the struggle for Black liberation. Israel’s pervasive use of detention and imprisonment centers evokes similarities to police violence and the carceral state in the U.S. that targets and criminalizes Black communities.”
Notice the disingenuous framing of law enforcement as an institution that punishes people not for crime, but for the color of their skin. Anyway, remember George Mason University professor Noura Erakat? You know, the one who takes issue with people calling Palestinians a “mob” but doesn’t seem to have a problem with the term being used to describe Israelis? Well, she praised the passing of the resolution as part of a building of a “path for human rights,” but it doesn’t look like any of this even matters because NYU’s administration controls the cash flow and ISN’T a huge fan of the resolution.
An NYU spokesman said: “The University opposes this proposal….It is at odds with the Trustees’ well understood position that the endowment should not be used for making political statements.”
As for the left, isn’t it just a bit ironic that the same people who want money out of politics don’t want politics out of money?
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