‘Hate speech’ accusation is civil rights violation

A professor who accused a student of “hate speech” violated his civil rights, says a federal ruling. The Washington Times reports:

An English professor at the University of North Carolina illegally subjected a student to “intentional discrimination and harassment” because he was “a white, heterosexual Christian male” who expressed disapproval of homosexuality, the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights has ruled.

Professor Elyse Crystall violated student Timothy R. Mertes’ civil rights, the agency said, by improperly accusing him of “hate speech” in an e-mail sent to students after a class discussion in which Mr. Mertes said he was a Christian and felt “disgusted, not threatened” by homosexual behavior.

I’m not a fan of harassment law, and I get nervous when the feds tell professors or students not to express their opinions, whatever those opinions might be. However, Crystall would have been on firmer ground if she’d challenged the student’s comments in class, and given him a chance to respond. She got in trouble for characterizing him as a bigot in an e-mail she sent to students later.

No federal action will be taken because the professor already has apologized, and the university has told faculty not to discriminate against white, Christian males.

However, UNC administrators are trying to shut down a male Christian fraternity on the Chapel Hill campus “on the grounds the student group is violating the university’s anti-discrimination policy because it excludes non-Christians and self-professed homosexuals from membership,” the Times reports.

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  1. Much of what we feel is mainstream like Scouts or the pledge has some self-definition that is unique and exclusive. While it is good to add personal choice, diversity and culture to our lives; giving public space to these groups defines the society that is served. I would extend that to include fraternities that exclude based on sex, race, academic standing and cultural orientation. I think there should be concern when a group is unable to establish a open social rapport with the broader community.

    In one of the most controversial, two fraternity houses at Auburn University in Alabama were suspended after members attended parties dressed in blackface and Afro wigs and Ku Klux Klan robes.


    The national office of the Kappa Alpha fraternity has lifted its suspension of UVa’s chapter after determining that none of those who wore blackface to its Halloween party were members of the fraternity.


    However, an open forum can be very difficult to orchestrate. Should Kappa Alpha faternity have ‘excluded’ these individuals from their party. Is blackface and the Klu Klux Klan just like any other monster? Maybe the more appropriate response would have been for Zeta Psi to show up in antebellum slave master costumes and ask to be waited on.

  2. It’s no secret that university elites across the country are on a crusade to villify “whiteness,” Christianity, and anything that smacks of Western Civilization. In Cultural Diversity classes at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, white students are taught that they cannot be effective teachers unless they “deconstruct” their whiteness. A chief architect of this dogma is Professor Peter McClaren of UCLA’s School of Education. God help you if you ever have to read any of McClaren’s postmodernist nonsense. It’s thick with impenetrable verbiage but short on substance. I had the misfortune of attending a cultural diversity class at Cal Poly in 1999 and know that such ideology is the order of the day in Cal Poly’s teacher credentialing program. I think we are all aware of the Ivory Tower’s animus toward Western Civilization. For updates on the University of North Carolina’s efforts to deligitimize Christian and Conservative groups on its campus, read Mike Adams’ columns, which appear twice weekly at http://www.townhall.com. He is a Professor of Criminal Justice at UNC at Chapel Hill and a thorn in the side of the administration there. He is also the author of Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel: Confessions of a Conservative College Professor (Harbor House, 2004). In the brave new world in which we live, everyone is a victim except white male heterosexuals, who are deemed the oppressors of everyone who is not white and male and heterosexual.

  3. Although the serious problem of Civil rights still exists in this country, targeting White men and boys is creating the same sub-class system for Whites as it has for other social groups. Southern White men are over-represented nationally in our armed forces. White boys are twice as likely to be medicated in school, less likely than women to attend college and the suicide rate for White male teens is similar to Blacks. The response from pubic education has been to defend only gay boys. Why not help all kids?

    Poor White boys today are forced into groups like the ‘Promise Keepers’, because there is no alternative. Discussions on gender are reduced to the postition of a toilet seat. The Civil Rights movement has statistically served upper income Whites and Asian immigrants. By any standards it still looks pretty White-ish. In 2040, when Whites are a minority in the US, this will change. The only thing that will remain is the growing division between labor and aristocracy.
    Objectively, education best serves those who have the time, cultural heritage and resources to participate. I believe a genuine discussion regarding social boundaries is more in order. This is not educating scholars to change the way people think and has little value in social change.

  4. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘Poor White boys today are forced into groups like the ‘Promise Keepers’, because there is no alternative’ Forced by whom? No alternative to what?

  5. So a FRATERNITY is being cndemned for being EXCLUSIVE. Hmmm.

    Can somebody tell me if the very essence of fraternities has suddenly and radically changed?

  6. “So FRATERNITY is being condemned for being EXCLUSIVE”
    I don’t think I’ve condemned fraternities as they exist today. But, I doubt people who are uninterested in the stated mission of a fraternity would maintain an interest. Education is very exclusive and publically supported. So my QUESTION, really is does this serve the general public. Are we best served by Skull and Bones, or an angry oppressed social group. My belief is it is important for all of these groups to establish a rapport with the larger community.
    ‘Poor White boys today are forced into groups like the ‘Promise Keepers’, because there is no alternative’ Forced by whom? No alternative to what?
    All kids go through puberty and need guidance. It is the biological process of leaving the nest and bonding with a broader society. We don’t need to identify the correct piegon hole, shuffle them off to a like-minded school, and analyze them to help. Isn’t the goal of education to teach people to think through their problems, become objective and deal constructively with the issues that face them. We put a lot of effort into understanding specific broad social abuse, the answers are created by individuals with vision. This is lost on kids who have no life experience.


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