The epidemic of over-sensitivity on American college campuses is well documented. From trigger warnings, safe spaces, and protesting conservative speakers to actual attempts to re-segregate college campuses, American academia has become downright hostile to the First Amendment.
In the wake of Donald Trump winning the election, things took an even sharper turn for the worse. College students were so distraught that a Yale professor made the midterm optional. Spontaneous protests broke out across campuses nationwide. One college in Massachusetts refused to fly the American flag, although that decision was later reversed after protests by veterans.
It couldn’t possibly get anymore ridiculous at this point, could it? That’s where you’re wrong. Today, the Washington Times is reporting that a pro-Trump sticky note was found on the campus of Edgewood College in Wisconsin. Why is this being reported in the Washington Times you might ask? Well, because in the culture where anything can be seen as a grave threat to the safety of the American college student, even something as innocuous as a sticky note is a big deal. So big, in fact, that the police were called to campus to investigate the very serious matter:
“In accordance with the policies and procedures set forth in the Edgewood College Student Code of Conduct, this incident has been reported to the Madison Police Department and is currently being investigated as a Hate Crime.”
— Deplorable Prod (@DeplorableProd) November 27, 2016
If a hate crime seems like an absurd accusation to you, you’re probably a reasonable person. However, liberal college students no longer fit into the category of reasonable people. To them, simply not agreeing with them is at best racist, and at worst a hate crime.
So, what did the investigation into the dangerous sticky note conclude? To the surprise of snowflakes everywhere, nothing. Police came to the stunning conclusion that political speech is protected by the First Amendment:Edgewood College is a private school and is not bound by the First Amendment’s right to freedom of speech, said constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh.
“But police departments are bound by the First Amendment — they can’t arrest or prosecute someone for a supposed ‘hate crime’ that consists solely of protected speech,” Mr. Volokh wrote at the time on his Volokh Conspiracy blog. “Edgewood College thus seems to be trying to get the government to punish speech that the government has no power to punish.”
Go figure! In the United States, you’re allowed to voice your opinion on political matters without facing repercussions from the government, even if your opinion happens to offend someone. Of course, offending someone is akin to a hate crime according to the left, so the police needed to be involved, lest someone be physically harmed by a tiny sheet of paper.
However, it appears for once that common sense and free speech will win on a college campus. In today’s climate, that might be more surprising than this being news in the first place.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]