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AMHERST, MA – They claim to be institutions of higher learning. A place for free-thinkers to be educated while developing the beliefs that they will carry the rest of their lives. A place where everyone is welcome.
Campuses that are inclusive and tolerant of every thought, belief and conviction.
But the reality is that an overwhelming majority of colleges and universities in this country will censor, silence and eliminate any voice that does not jump on their ideological bandwagon.
Anyone that doesn’t instantly bow down to the Black Lives Matter movement is labeled racist or white supremacist. And that includes showing any level of support of law enforcement.
Charlie Kirk and Turning Point USA have been able to capture the reality of the intolerance on college campuses.
Here are just a few examples that Campus Reform highlighted.
Leslie Neal-Boylan, the Dean of Nursing at UMass-Lowell, had the audacity to say via e-mail that “everyone’s life matters.” That email went to staff, students and faculty, shortly after the death of George Floyd.
An upsetting statement made by the Dean of Nusing at UMass Lowell, including the statement ‘all lives matter’ was uncalled for and shows the narrow minded people in lead positions. A sad day to be a nursing student at UML. Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan your words will not be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/a9rTd4NGVP
— haley #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@psychohighrep) June 4, 2020
The email further stated:
“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color… I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone. BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS.”
The comments were deemed to be racist, and she was fired a few days later, “without trial.”
Clear across the country at the University of California Los Angeles, Gordon Klein refused to lower the grading standards for his black students. Again, following the death of Floyd, students demanded to have a different standard of grading because of their “suffering.”
Klein responded to his classes via email that it would be wrong to provide “preferential treatment” to any student or group of students based on the color of their skin.
Cue the cancel culture warriors.
They started a petition seeking his dismissal form the university, gaining well over 20,000 signatures. Although, they claimed that Klein had a “blatant lack of empathy,” they were only able to get him suspended.
Now, before you point out that these schools are in liberal parts of the country, let’s take a trip down to Denton, Texas.
An adjunct math professor, Nathaniel Hiers, was fired for referring to a piece of paper he found on the ground as “garbage.”
A math professor, Dr. Nathaniel Hiers, at the University of North Texas filed a federal lawsuit against the university claiming his First Amendment rights were violated when he was fired for criticizing flyers about “microaggressions.” https://t.co/ru5l79MiPE
— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) April 22, 2020
He took the flyer and put it on the chalkboard with a hand-written message that said, “Please don’t leave garbage lying around.”
But it was the flyer’s content that got him in trouble for using the garbage reference. It warned against the use of “microaggressive” statements like “America is a melting pot” and “America is the land of opportunity.”
And it doesn’t stop with just those three examples.
Following complaints, the University of West Virginia only allowed its Chief of Police to stay in his job after he issued an apology and removed a “thin Blue Line” flag that was hanging in his HOME office, after it was seen during a Zoom call.
Read that again. The hand-carved wooden flag was hanging in the home of W.P. Chedester.
POLICE NEWS: VIRGINIA: COMMUNITY CALLS FOR CHIEF TO BE FIRED OVER THIN BLUE LINE FLAG SEEN IN ZOOM CALL: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?: 🤬🤬https://t.co/rQq6F9ndN6
— DIANE (@POLICEINFLA) July 17, 2020
Students and faculty alike called for his firing for displaying the pro-law enforcement symbol. One professor at the university went so far as to say that Chedester was “sharing white supremacist” images.
Sadly, the campus leftists aren’t only singling out staff and faculty. They are also going after students who dare have a different view point.
One month ago, we shared the story of one of LET’s very own.
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We would like to take a minute to both welcome and introduce one of the new writers here at Law Enforcement Today. If you are thinking that it isn’t everyday that we take the time to write an article for that purpose, you would be correct.
You may also be thinking that it would be odd that we make an introduction, considering that we have removed the names of our writers after the death threats we have been receiving. Again, you would be correct.
But, once in a while, something happens that you absolutely have to bring out in the light and discuss. This story is one of those times.
Her name is Adrianna.
This young woman recently finished her freshmen year at Syracuse University. She spent her first year in the political science department and writing for The Daily Orange, the university’s newspaper.
As is the trend on most college campuses, she was one of only a few conservative voices writing for the paper. She was not afraid to share her voice and lend it to the discussions that were prevalent on campus.
She went toe-to-toe with a left-leaning writer over the university’s refusal to allow Ben Shapiro, an outspoken conservative, to speak on campus. While her counterpart wrote that:
“Shapiro does not provide any valuable perspective that aligns with SU’s vision or its mission statement…his rights to free speech has been marred by bigotry, sophistry and demagoguery, which SU should not support with a check.”
As we are not here to highlight the experiences of the writer, we will not share anymore of their stance.
Undeterred by the blatant falsehoods in the piece, Adrianna responded with an article of her own, saying in part:
“Looking toward the future, I cannot see any world in which the SU community will alter its speaker list to exclude those who are biased against conservatives. This fact disappoints me; however, I will not scream prejudice and fight to shut down these speakers.
I will not call for a halt in funding to liberal speakers. The reasoning behind this is quite simple: I believe in free speech. I will defend your right to say hateful things about my peers and me, regardless of my personal feelings.
“With that being said, I support Ben Shapiro coming to campus. In fact, I see a vital need for Shapiro to speak. Our community is starved of viewpoints that diverge from progressively liberal sentiment.
We, as a community, are so scared of dissent that the very planning of a conservative speaker is met with opposition.
“The response elicited by my peers is the proof that shows how much we need Shapiro to speak. If you detest his views, good. If you hate his rhetoric, good.
I implore you to take that as a reason to purchase a ticket. Listen to Shapiro’s views in full. If you still disagree, feel free to question him during the Q&A segment. Don’t, however, uphold a false narrative to protect your political bubble.
“The wild accusations that Shapiro is a ‘racist, homophobic, ableist and xenophobic’ are as laughable as they are terrifying.”
She can more than hold her own.
That article was written in April of this year. Now, fast forward six weeks to the beginning of June.
Writing for LifeZette, she penned an opinion piece called Why Institutional Racism is a Myth.
We need to focus on three paragraphs from this piece, it is the portion that led us to this day, where she is no longer writing for The Daily Orange (more on that shortly), and has decided to bring her talents and her love for the law enforcement community to Law Enforcement Today.
“This trend continues into 2020 where statistics show that police more commonly kill whites during confrontations. The ratio of police violence by race has not changed much over the past five years.
“A common response when presented with actual statistics is to argue that the evidence lacks context. Instead of looking at overall statistics we ought to be taking into account that black Americans represent only 13% of the population. Surely this proves that the police often target young black men, right?
“When taking population differences into account, the argument against systemic racism holds up as well. Despite representing 13% of the population, the FBI reported that in 2017 black Americans committed 53% of homicides and 54% of robberies.
Further, when looking into violence committed against police, black American men represent 33% of cop killers despite being only 6.6% of the population.
“If blacks represent such a small percentage of the population why are they responsible for a large percent of crime? In fact, the Left’s insistence on discussing race proportions is damning to their argument.”
It was that last paragraph that caught the attention of the leadership at the university’s paper.
Casey Darnell, the DO’s Editor-in-chief, sent her an email to discuss it. No phone call. No questions. No clarifications. Just the following email.
And, just like that, she was fired, for quoting facts. How dare she.
But, sticking to their spoon-fed narrative that so many college students have as part of their daily diet, Darnell defended their decision on Facebook.
Darnell obviously doesn’t worry about pesky little things like facts, or, you know, the truth.
“We aren’t afraid of controversial views, but we have a responsibility to avoid promoting harmful ones.”
Who knew that the truth was a harmful point of view.
If only Adrianna had gotten fired. Sadly, it doesn’t end there.
She has been getting threats, some being pretty vile. She has agreed to share them with our readers, not for pity or sympathy, but instead, to highlight just how unhinged progressives can be when engaging with someone from an opposing point of view.
WARNING: Strong language may be offensive to some.
See? We told you.
Adrianna, we wish we could tell you that it will get easier, but it is really just beginning.
But we, your writing brothers and sisters here at LET, will walk beside you as we seek to tell the truth with journalistic integrity. We do not back down when we know that we have spoken honestly and factually.
Clearly, you have no problem doing those things. We have your six!
Welcome to the team.
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