U.S. Representative Anthony Brown announces plan to enact stricter laws regarding “hate speech” to end discrimination on campuses.
A growing number of Americans have been realizing that college campuses are completely insane over the past few years. All one has to do is look at enrollment for universities like Mizzou or Evergreen where conduct following supposed racial incidents proved so beyond the pale of acceptable that both schools virtually imploded. Berkeley, too, has experienced backlash for its failure to ensure free speech.
Somehow, U.S. Representative Anthony Brown managed to come away from all of this with the conclusion that more censorship is needed.
Brown’s speech at the University of Maryland on September 1st was organized as part of a year-long program in response to the fatal stabbing of Richard Collins at Bowie State University. Collins was a black student while his killer, Sean Urbanski, is a white. Urbanski was furthermore part of a facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation”. Investigations are ongoing whether the case will legally be declared a hate crime, although whether Collins was killed over his skin or for other reasons seems less relevant when the result is the same. It would be a hideous act no matter what.
Regardless, it is overwhelmingly still considered (rightfully) shameful to be a Nazi in the U.S. That Collins’ death, tragic though it may be, is hugely outnumbered by incidents of violence from the Left against innocent people doesn’t seem to register with Brown or his supporters. Additionally, none of them seem to have considered that when peaceful speech is no longer a possibility people begin physically fighting and dying over their beliefs instead.
Naomi Grant of student run newspaper The Diamondback reports:
“If passed, the bill would require universities and colleges to demonstrate they have programs and initiatives in place that clearly define to students “what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech,” Brown (D-Md.) said to a room of roughly 150 people at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.
For institutions that might lack the necessary resources to create these programs, the bill would set aside grant money to “take away any excuse,” Brown said.
The bill would also push universities to report hate crimes to local law enforcement. While existing laws require universities to report hate crime data, Brown said many schools don’t comply, which has led to underreporting.
“If you want to see things change, or at least change in government, you first have to know they’re happening,” he said. “That’s why we have the reporting requirement.”
Brown said he thinks there’s a direct link between President Trump’s election and the increase of racism and anger he said exists within some segments of the white community across the country. Brown said Trump used this hate to carry him into the Oval Office.
“I think you’d have to be purposely obtuse not to see [it],” he said.
Brown said people on the “alt-right” considered Trump’s election “a sign of rising white consciousness.” He added that even 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education — which deemed segregated public schools unconstitutional — there still isn’t equal education, and questions of identity continue to divide the nation.”
Eerily similar to communist policies where citizens were encouraged to spy on one another, Brown has framed his proposed legislature to insinuate that anyone who opts not to report what the university might deem “hate speech” would face punishment. After all, it wouldn’t be called a “requirement” if there wasn’t some consequence for failing to comply.
Say a friend jokingly uses the word “retard” in a conversation, without any reference to actual mentally handicapped people. You might have to report them for punishment or be crucified yourself.
And naturally, the complete divorced-from-reality hysteria Brown shows with respect to Trump speaks only to how obtuse he is. But then again, that’s a very common thing for liberals who take the MSM as gospel without checking their sources. That Brown has neglected to mention regressive Leftists are the ones pushing for the reinstatement of segregation (to remove imperialistic, corrupting influence from those monsters who committed the sin of being born white) also points to his ignorance.
Unless it’s actually malice.
If allowed traction, this bill would prove absolutely disastrous for the American people. We’ve already seen what these policies do from the USSR, from China, from North Korea, from countless other totalitarian governments.
We cannot allow it to happen here.
Bigotry will always exist in some form. As long as no one is getting physically hurt and equality of opportunity exists, it just isn’t the worst evil out there. Not only is it an absurd impossibility to eradicate wrongthink (as Anthony Brown hopes to do), the cost in trying is far too high. Results can only be horrifying.
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