The University of Washington’s College Republicans chapter sued the school after UW tried to charge the group $17,000 in security fees for the rally, according to The Seattle Times. And now, the school has to pay $122,500 to two law firms that defended the students, as well as strike down the policy it used to charge security fees.
The conservative students’ argument was pretty straightforward: the security fees violated their free speech rights. They had backup from UW’s own law school: 23 professors there asked the university to settle the case.
This is one occasion you’ll hear me agreeing with professors. Security fees are discriminatory because they’re based on how likely a speaker is to attract political violence and as we all know, one side of the political aisle is a LITTLE bit more inclined to use political violence. This is largely why when Lewis Farrakhan, who called Hitler a “very great man,” came to UC Berkeley, the school charged a security fee of $1,900, but when Ben Shapiro visited, the school charged the Berkeley College Republicans over $15,000.
And it was no different with UW. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson has been assaulted at rallies in the past and has received death threats, facts the school mentioned when justifying its $17,000 security fee. Fortunately, a US district court judge stepped in with a restraining order, letting the College Republicans carry on with their event.
Now, I do take exception to one part of the settlement, this weird caveat which allows UW to create “constitutionally permissible security fees.” We’ll have to find out what those look like, but one thing’s for sure: STUDENTS shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost for other people’s inability to counter speech with more speech instead of fists, pepper spray, and bike locks…but who should foot the bill?
Antifa Assaults College Republicans With Paint
Are you an Antifa activist and want to be taken seriously? Here’s what you do: dye your hair orange so your clownish appearance matches your clownish ideology and then assault your local College Republicans chapter with black paint. That’s what an Antifa goon did at the University of Washington, according to KIRO 7. The Antifa ginger got charged with 4th degree assault and will appear in court. But the very next day, UW College Republicans were under attack again.
Protesters rationalized their behavior, which included shouting in front of the College Republicans’ booth, sitting on their booth, and removing the sign, with “these people are a joke” and “I’m indifferent [to their ideology]”
Well, thanks for the boilerplate response, UW. Actions speak louder than words but sometimes at UW, actions are words and those words are pretty scary. Free speech nonprofit FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, gave UW a yellow light-rating due to vague speech policies that could be weaponized to punish students.
But get this, the UW Tacoma campus has something even zanier: its college writing center has a poster that calls American grammar a “racist,” “unjust language structure,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. The poster says “racism is the normal condition of things” and the Center promises to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness,’” with correctness in scare quotes presumably because basic rules of English grammar are, like everything else these days, just another social construct.
Feminist Scholar Ties Pelicans To ‘Racialized, Sexual Violence’
We humans have to deal with social justice every day but you would think at least animals would be safe from it, right? Not. So. Fast. It turns out pelicans are somehow related to “racialized, sexual violence,” at least according to a feminist scholar.
The University of British Columbia invited University of Washington gender studies graduate student Logan O’Laughlin to give a presentation called “Queer Toxic Ecologies: Analyses and Implications of the Pelicans of the BP Oil Spill,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Utilizing feminist discourse analysis of pelicans in post-spill popular media and historical analysis of pelicans as the state mascot of Louisiana, this presentation articulates how this bird is symbolically and materially implicated in a history of racialized, sexual violence,” said O’Laughlin.
Yes, you heard that right. Pelicans…are “implicated in a history of racialized, sexual violence.”
Kate Steinle Posters Torn Down, Called ‘Racist Propaganda’
People are tearing down posters of Kate Steinle, the woman shot by an illegal alien acquitted of the murder in state court last month.
The posters featured around west coast campuses and reported by The College Fix displayed a picture of Steinle’s face with the caption “she had dreams too,” referring to the hopes Steinle had for her future, but also illegal alien DREAMers.
Students hung Steinle posters at other west coast campuses like UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego, but the posters were torn down at multiple campuses. In fact, the campaign caught the attention of UC San Diego’s “office for the prevention of harassment and discrimination,” which contacted student Gregory Lu after he hung up 150 Steinle posters at the school. The next day, all of them were taken down.
Lu said he thinks the office contacting him is “a threat because conservatives on this campus already have a hard time….We have had a bunch of left-wing posters go up all the time. So the argument they might make is ‘This is a political poster, we don’t want you to put it up’ is [sic] a nonsensical argument because leftists put up posters all the time.”
UC San Diego’s College Democrats also released a statement calling the posters “racist propaganda” and saying they “inflict violence upon individuals whose safety, security, and well-being are already delegitimized by state policy and hateful rhetoric.” Now that’s ironic. This whole statement is just rhetoric. I mean “inflict violence?” Did the posters jump off the wall and give illegal aliens papercuts? “Racist,” “marginalized,” “displays of hate,” these are terms so often applied by the Left that they’ve lost all their meaning.
Why are these people so obsessed with defending illegal aliens, Islamists, everyone who wants to break the law and violate human rights? Rhetoric won’t help when their special pet “victims” come for their jobs, their culture, and even their very lives.
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