For years, Clemson University has romanticized the concept of diversity–a kaleidoscope of races, genders, and sexual orientations. The ideological message of the Clemson Multicultural Center permeates every area of campus life. Classes, workshops, dorms, freshman orientation, and resident assistant training all hammer home the importance of diversity, with one notable exception: diversity of thought.
Every other week, traumatized activists call for “safe spaces,” areas designed to insulate occupants from speech they disagree with. In the classroom, trigger warnings are the order of the day. CU Administrators recently branded an evangelist a “solicitor” and a Graduate Community Director banned Harambe references in dorms. Various Clemson policies flagrantly violate the First Amendment rights of students, and some student-faculty groups, like “See The Stripes,” are calling for outright campus censorship.
Yiannopoulos is a potent force for free speech and a cultural litmus test. His talks tackle political correctness, “social justice,” feminism, radical Islam, and censorship culture on American college campuses. As a self-described homosexual, Jewish conservative and avid Trump supporter, Milo passes the diversity check, which is why the Alt-Left hates him. The purpose of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour” is to challenge campus radicals, college administrators, and university policies that violate the constitutional liberty of students on college campuses. Protests regularly accompany his speeches, often backed by extremist, far left-wing professors. In this regard, Clemson is shaping up to be no different.
These protests, intended to be a stinging rebuke towards Milo and so-called “hate speech,” function as a window into the underdeveloped emotional intelligence level of campus demonstrators.
Somewhere along the line, the Alt-Left developed the idea that “hate speech” isn’t free speech, and that words can equate to “an act of violence.” Not only is this half-baked notion legally incorrect, it’s also infantile and dangerous. Offensive speech is inherently subjective, and excluding libel, harassment, discrimination, and threats, it is protected by the First Amendment. This is especially true on college campuses, as ruled by landmark supreme court cases. Several Clemson speech policies don’t reflect this legal precedent.
Clemson University policies, such as the Bias Incident Response Protocol, grant the most sensitive student on campus control over free expression. Lacking common legal components like “reasonable person standards,” severity and pervasiveness requirements, and realistic legal definitions, these policies would never hold up in court. Our greatest desire for “Make Clemson Great Again,” is that Milo generates media coverage towards these unconstitutional policies. We hope this sparks meaningful dialogue towards reform.
Sadly, we can’t always count on the media to provide fair coverage. The left-leaning bias of the national media is legendary, and Clemson University is simply a microcosm of the country-at-large. For instance, “The Tiger,” Clemson’s weekly publication, published a piece about Milo titled “Alt-Right Spokesperson and Free Speech Funadmentalist to Visit Clemson.” Misspellings aside, the piece attempts to crown Milo, a gay Jew, the leader of the Alt-Right movement, while simultaneously linking the movement to Anti-Semitism and white supremacy. Ironically enough, genuine white-supremacists and anti-Semites recently declared a “holy crusade” against Milo’s events. The Tiger goes on to state Yiannopoulos is the “self-proclaimed leader of the alt-right movement,” despite numerous quotes from Milo stating otherwise.
Another publication, “The Tab,” held a poll in which they asked “Should Milo Yiannopoulos Speak at Clemson?” Approximately 88% of those surveyed said “yes,” but this question is a sobering reminder of the media’s desire to silence conservatives.
In a recent Gallup poll, it was found that trust in the media is at a historic low, and rightfully so. This is further evidence of the public’s rejection of the media agenda.
In a speech at the University of Houston, Milo stated what he most despised about the left is that “they are making it harder to laugh.” Comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock actively avoid performing at college campuses. Under the acolytes of social justice, everything is racist, sexist, and homophobic. Displays of patriotism are demonized. This trend won’t cease of its own volition. As C.S. Lewis warned, “those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Victimhood culture has compromised the greatness of Clemson University, but the reputation of an institution that fiercely protects individual rights may soon be realized.