Censorship of free speech (or at least conservative speech) at colleges is nothing new, but one New York college took things a step further when they scheduled a controversial forum for later this month.
The Blaze reports that the City University of New York is planning on holding a forum about what it calls “Institutional Whiteness” — or the admission of white students and hiring of white faculty by the school and other universities.
Citing an ongoing problem of “whiteness” in the CUNY English department, the publicly funded university is at the center of yet another racially charged controversy. The description of the forthcoming program begins with a note that “whiteness continues to be a crucial problem in our English department.”
The class, “Refusing Institutional Whiteness: Possibilities, Alternatives, and Beyond,” is being produced in association with and sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center. The gist of the program is that the CUNY English Department has a “whiteness problem.” This “problem” stems from the inclusion of white professors and faculty and white students on campus.
The forum aims to help figure out a way to reduce the “whiteness” of the campus, faculty and student body. According to the description, a “a group of scholars and thinkers in a range of disciplines will gather to help us imagine, discuss, and produce new ways of resisting whiteness and envisioning alternatives in institution settings — whether that be through refusal, protest, dissent, or new types of social, artistic, and methodological existence.”
CUNY’s March 22 event features a variety of speakers, including a Graduate Center Associate Professor of Anthropology, a director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women and a Post Doctoral Fellow from the college’s Teaching and Learning Center.
This is not the first time that CUNY has had some radical forums or programs. In just the past few years, the public City University of New York has hosed a variety of questionable programs and allowed questionable behaviors towards invited guest speakers:
- In 2018, School of Law students heckled the lecture and speech of a visiting professor, simply because the speaker was a conservative. The disruption included a variety of shouted slurs and taunts, according to the Blaze, including: “f*** the law,” “shame on you,” “legal objectivity is a myth,” and “white supremacist.”
- In 2017, the CUNY School of Public Health invited Sharia Law supporter Linda Sarsour to be the graduate center’s keynote commencement speaker.
- One of the school professors, a teacher of poetry complained about “linguistic racism” and said students’ slang usage shouldn’t be corrected in 2017.
CUNY has a website mentions diversity and progress for all who work and learn at the university, but their recent programs and forums suggest that some students are far more welcome than others.
~ Conservative Zone