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Diversity Versus Free Speech

This illuminating article about the attempt to create a regime of free speech at DePaul University should not be missed.
Here’s a taste:

Manley and Cho told us our Principles were fundamentally invalid because we lacked a diverse racial make-up in membership. Isn¹t it important to note the ideological diversity on this Task Force? ³No,² Manley said, and pointing to the back of his hand added, ³it is about this: skin color.² Cho then highlighted words and phrases in the Principles she considered to be ³hegemonic.² Hegemonic phrases allegedly exclude the marginalized and oppressed. Among the highlighted phrases were: ³free speech and expression,² ³exercise of reason,² ³competing arguments,² and ³immeasurably enriched by exposure to differing points of view.² According to Cho, free speech should provide ³an environment that encourages enfranchising the disenfranchised² and discontinues ³the practice of exclusion and marginalization.² According to Cho, ³hegemonic free speech² (her term) does the opposite. If this is the first time you¹ve ever encountered the phrase ³hegemonic free speech,² don¹t assume you¹re alone in that experience.

Read the whole thing to find out how far DePaul (and many other universities) have gone into the pit of quicksand that is the diversity agenda.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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