You’re pretty much out of luck if you believe in freedom of speech, but your employer is in favor of using the big “liberal stapler” to shut your "racist, xenophobic, sexist, and bigoted" conservative mouth.
Samuel Abrams, a conservative-leaning professor at Sarah Lawrence College had his office door vandalized after he wrote an op-ed exposing the school’s leftist bias for The New York Times.
His office was vandalized just hours after the piece was published on Oct. 16. The vandals took decorations off Abram’s door and replaced them with signs, with one reading, “Our right to exist is not ‘ideological,’ a**hole,’” among others. You can see their handiwork in the tweet below:
Abrams, a tenured professor of politics, has continually asked the college’s president, Cristle Collins Judd, to denounce the actions of these vandals and to express her support for the freedom of speech.
Unsurprisingly, the liberal college president didn’t adhere to his suggestions.
According to Reason, she instead sent a “tepid campus-wide email that mentioned the importance of free expression, but mostly stressed her ‘commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence,’ Judd spoke with Abrams over the phone; according to him, she accused him of "attacking" members of the community.”
"She said I had created a hostile work environment," Abrams said in an interview with Reason. "If [the op-ed] constitutes hate speech, then this is not a world that I want to be a part of."
Abrams' op-ed focused on the ideological viewpoint of campus administrators having an immense impact on campus culture.
“To students who are in their first semester at school, I urge you not to accept unthinkingly what your campus administrators are telling you. Their ideological imbalance, coupled with their agenda-setting power, threatens the free and open exchange of ideas, which is precisely what we need to protect in higher education in these politically polarized times,” Abrams wrote.
The words he penned in his op-ed were just too much for these “overly sensitive” vandals, and even the college president couldn’t handle the sharp-edged words. Abrams claims Judd’s remarks to the incident suggested “that he might be better off leaving the school.”
Cowardice among campus administrators has spread pretty far and wide in today’s academia, but it’s still unfortunate when you see a college president shy away from having the backs of their professors.
Freedom of speech works both ways, and you can’t allow the students to express themselves while stapling the mouths of your instructors shut.