While I’m here, why not take a relaxing stroll down memory lane: all the way back to 2005, when the issue of controversial speech on campus was also in the news. Back then, of course, the issue was whether the Commentator was allowed to mock a student senator who I can’t be bothered to name here for demanding that the ODE refer to him as “ze” instead of “he” in their stories. The Insurgent allied themselves firmly with a branch of student government that did its very best to have the Commentator shut down, and provided us with many instructive quotes along the way:
As a student who pays incidental fees, I refuse to allow my fees to promote hate…
That’s Insurgent fellow-traveller Stacy Bourke, expressing her views on the range of opinions the incidental fee should subsidize on campus.
I don’t think students should pay for hateful messages. That’s poor use of student money.
That’s disgraced fomer PFC member Mason Quiroz, in an article that points out that he “is not judging the [campus publication]‘s content, but rather how that content might affect students.”
My favorite, though, is:
[Someone who might as well have been Zachary White] is by far not the only person who feels threatened by the [campus publication]‘s material, just the first person with the skills and courage to start dealing with it. people have been complaining for years about the way the [campus publication] reinforces oppression, it’s just that there hasn’t been a coherent attempt to deal with it before now. honestly, i’m not sure why people are complaining that it’s happening now rather than asking why nothing was done before.
That little gem is the work of Insurgent collective member Pira “Anti-Capitalism? I Thought You Said Anti-Capitalization!” Kelly, who strove so valiantly last year to have the Commentator kicked off campus.
One wonders how the Insurgent collective – and especially Ms. Kelly – likes these particular apples.