The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and gives Americans the right to express themselves – History
Why are law firms, foundations and billionaires pushing to deny a group of Harvard students their free speech rights, even if they strongly disagree with them?
President Lawrence Summers, former Harvard University President described it well. He reaffirmed his disdain for the joint statement, but called for the doxxing to stop. “I yield to no one in my revulsion at the statement apparently made on behalf of 30 plus @Harvard student groups. But please everybody take a deep breath. It is a time for absolute clarity that words or deeds that threaten the safety of others in our community will not be tolerated.” – The Crimson
After Writing an Anti-Israel Letter, Harvard Students Are Doxxed
A truck with a billboard displayed their names and photos, and critics put out do-not-hire lists. The students say it’s a campaign to shut them up.
“A coalition of more than 30 student groups posted an open letter on the night of the Hamas attack, saying that Israel was “entirely responsible” for the violence that ended up killing more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians. The letter, posted on social media before the extent of the killings was known, did not include the names of individual students.
But within days, students affiliated with those groups were being doxxed, their personal information posted online. Siblings back home were threatened. Wall Street executives demanded a list of student names to ban their hiring. And a truck with a digital billboard — paid for by a conservative group — circled Harvard Square, flashing student photos and names, under the headline, “Harvard’s Leading Antisemites.” – NY Times
Students Face Retaliation for Israel Statement
“The truck actively threatens students safety on campus at a time when credible death threats have already forced us to postpone a solidarity vigil acknowledging all civilian victims,” the statement reads.
“It is quite literally physical threat, a heinous intimidation technique, a warning sign meant to scare ideological allies into repudiating our mission — and for the Jewish members of associations linked to our own, an unjustifiable and insulting slap in the face,” it continues. “The doxxing truck is the ugliest culmination of a campaign to silence pro-Palestinian activism that the PSC has experienced for years.” – The Crimson
Speech on campus
“The First Amendment to the Constitution protects speech no matter how offensive its content. Restrictions on speech by public colleges and universities amount to government censorship, in violation of the Constitution. Such restrictions deprive students of their right to invite speech they wish to hear, debate speech with which they disagree, and protest speech they find bigoted or offensive.
An open society depends on liberal education, and the whole enterprise of liberal education is founded on the principle of free speech.” – ACLU
TakeAway: Defend Freedom: Safeguard Diverse Voices even if you strongly disagree with them.
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