Today’s must-attend campus event is a debate on speech codes sponsored by the Williams College Debate Union. (I certainly wish that we had had an institution like WCDU back in the day.) Kudos to the Office of the President — which I would guess means Morty — for picking such a timely topic. The all-campus mailing notes that the resolution to be debated is “This House would support Campus Speech Codes” and that

Greg Lukianoff, director of legal and public advocacy at the
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education [FIRE] and Richard Delgado,
professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Words That
Wound, debate alongside Williams students Dan Bahls ’04 and Joanna Korman
’07.

There should be no doubt where my sympathies lie on this one. If it is legal to say on the corner of Spring Street, then it must be allowed on the steps of Chapin. The news release goes on to note that:

Delgado is considered the first modern activist to question the ideology of complete free speech. He argues that in the case of hate-based speech, the freedom granted by the First Amendment conflicts with the equality guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment. In these instances, colleges and universities have the right to restrict certain types of speech because it is necessary to achieve a balance between the equally important values of freedom and equality.

There are so many things wrong with Delgado’s position that it is hard to know where to start.

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