Recently here at Penn State University, there have been some "acts of hate" which have stirred up quite a few people. You can read about it in the campus paper, here
. I wrote a letter to the editor regarding the hullaballoo, which I'll post here as well.
Might the Black Caucus be overreacting over the recent “acts of hate” on campus? There will always be people in world that will say and do stupid and hateful things. People of every shape, size, color and kind are insulted everyday. Yes, some groups deal with this more than others, but everyone has experienced it—it’s just something you learn to deal with. Surely, the Black Caucus doesn’t think that the university is going end racism any more than they can end world hunger. It does not matter how many statements the university issues, how many task forces they form, or how many diversity requirements they institute—stupid people are a fact of life. They do what they can to foster tolerance and an appreciation of diversity; but short of a thought police, their hands are tied by human nature. One of the greatest aspects of living in a free society is the freedom of expression. Unfortunately, that means some people are going to express views we don’t like. As Noam Chomsky once said, “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for those we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”