At Ohio University, fraternities and sororities are encouraged to show their school spirit during the annual Greek Week events…but that spirit must not include showing support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. That’s the lesson students learned this week when administrators canceled several of the week’s events after Sorority and Fraternity Life members painted the phrase “Build the Wall” on a wall intended for graffiti.
A letter, co-signed by several campus groups, informed sororities and fraternities that such a message was not acceptable.
“This phrase is offensive and hurtful to many individuals as it is directly tied to the Hispanic/Latino/a community, makes them feel marginalized, and the message was interpreted that they do not belong at Ohio University,” read the letter.
University President Roderick McDavis said in an email that students needed to be open to other cultures. “Indeed, this wall is a place of free speech and expression; however, the words painted were troubling because they had a very different meaning to some than they may have to others viewing the message or even to those who painted the message,” McDavis wrote.
When are liberals going to realize that the phrase “free speech” does not mean, “Say whatever you want, unless we disagree with it.”? Why is it so hard for them to understand that free speech is, essentially, an on/off proposition? We either have it or we don’t. Free speech with restrictions – and particularly political restrictions – is not free speech.
The university stopped short of punishing the students involved with the “Build the Wall” message, but they made it clear that phrases like that would not be tolerated on campus.
Beyond the free speech issue, what is so controversial about supporting Trump’s wall? Why do Hispanics take such offense to the principle of American sovereignty? Why is it seen as racist to enforce standing immigration law? Sometimes, you look at what’s happening in our country, and it’s like everyone is on crazy pills! It would be one thing if open-border politicians used this whole racism attack, but this is turning into a generally-accepted, uncontroversial opinion. How is it possible that so many Americans are being fooled by this nonsense?
The culprits are everywhere – the media, the Democrats, the liberals ruining higher education – but the lion’s share of the blame must go to Republicans. Our conservative (so-called) representatives have done an abysmal job of fighting back against the stereotypes. They’ve done nothing to explain conservative principles to the country. They’ve ceded the moral high ground to the left. They appear content to play the role of “easily-defeated bad guys” in our political system, leaving real Americans with no one to speak for us.
Trump isn’t shocking because he’s an extremist; he’s shocking because he’s the first guy in ages to stand up and cut through the BS. And obviously, liberals from Washington to Ohio are scared witless.