At The Federalist, Elle Reynolds explains how universities, bowing to the childish demands of their student bodies, suppress speech, promote double standards, and antagonize law enforcement. She writes (abridged):
As cries for the abolition of police departments intensify across the country, the ivory towers of higher education are scrambling to outdo one another in political correctness.
The University of Massachusetts-Boston decided to take a stand by telling the police they were no longer welcome to use the university’s parking lot. In the past, the police have used the grounds as a staging area for events like the Boston Marathon.
At Harvard, students have renewed calls to disband the Harvard University Police Department. The Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign and the Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition sent a letter to the university president petitioning for the campus police department’s abolition.
At UCLA, students demanded the university fire two professors: one who declined to give black students preferential treatment on their final exams.
In Seattle, where police are trying to respond to an “autonomous zone” set up by radical anarchists, Seattle University just issued a statement that it will not allow police to use its parking lots as a staging area.
Troy University in Alabama fired the head of its campus police force for what it deemed an “inflammatory” comment on Facebook relating to the death of George Floyd.
At the University of Washington, Senior Director of Media Relations Victor Balta sent a letter to professors asking them to “be especially responsive to the needs that your students, especially those who are members of the Black community.
The example universities are setting now is one that suppresses speech, promotes double standards, and fosters an antagonistic relationship towards law enforcement.
Elle Reynolds is an intern at the Federalist, and a senior at Patrick Henry College studying government and journalism.