The University of Michigan is a bastion of free speech, according to its own public affairs department.
— UM Public Affairs (@UMPublicAffairs) December 18, 2014
But only if you’re a liberal. One professor is allowed to publish a hate piece about Republicans, but a conservative student is fired for his own article.
UMich professor Susan Douglas, chair-liberal of the communications department, wrote a hit piece entitled “It’s okay to hate Republicans”.
“I hate Republicans,” she wrote to begin her column. “I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], [mc_name name=’Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’I000056′ ] or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal ‘personhood.'”
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a liberal professor spewing her liberalism in a liberal blog like “In These Times”. And now she claims she didn’t even title it that way, as if that somehow softens her message into love and understanding.
Editor’s note: This article was originally titled “We Can’t All Just Get Along” in the print version of the magazine. The title was then changed, without the author’s knowledge or approval, to “It’s Okay to Hate Republicans.” The author rejects the online title as not representative of the piece or its main points. Her preferred title has been restored. We have also removed from the “Comments” section all threats to the author’s life and personal safety.
I suppose the opening sentence of her piece isn’t representative of anything, because Ms. Douglas is a communications professor who has no idea of what her point is. It doesn’t even bother me that she hates Republicans, although it bothers some Republicans, including Bobby Schostak, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Bobby Schostak, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, called the piece “ugly and full of hatred” and called for her resignation.
I’m still waiting for her resignation, or for the university to fire her. I won’t hold my breath. But they were pretty quick to fire another free speech writer.
I wrote about Omar Mahmoud a few days ago. Omar worked for The Michigan Daily, until he published a hilarious article titled “Do The Left Thing” on a conservative website called Michigan Review, in which he skewers the “TRIGGER WARNING” liberal student culture at UMich. For this, Omar wasn’t defended by the public affairs department. He was fired from the student paper.
Not only was he fired, but he has also suffered personal attacks.
On Friday night, according to Mahmood, people attacked his dorm room door, egging it and leaving copies of his satirical article with notes on the backs including “Shut the f— up!” and “You scum embarrass us” and “DO YOU EVEN GO HERE?! LEAVE!!” along with various others, including an image of a creature with horns and another one of him with his eyes crossed out.
Apparently, at the University of Michigan, free speech is only a “core value” if you are are somewhere left of the Weather Underground in your political views.