A Princeton professor has “reluctantly” canceled his free speech course after a few students walked out over a single use of the N-word in a class example.
Ivy League Professor Lawrence Rosen hoped that his anthropology course, “Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography,” would teach students a valuable lesson about the First Amendment. However, students learned that tyranny reigns above the Constitution on today’s college campuses.
Princeton’s newspaper explained that Rosen asked in a recent class, “What is worse, a white man punching a black man, or a white man calling a black man a n****r?” This bothered a lot of students, with one adding, “Nobody except Rosen defended Rosen.” A black female student shouted, “Do you feel safe right now?” Then, a black male student got in the professor’s face and screamed, “F*** you.” The described tension in the room led many to believe a physical confrontation was on the verge, though nothing further happened.
Rosen told students that he would continue to use the N-word “if I think it’s necessary.”
Anthropology chair Carolyn Rouse did defend Professor Rosen, saying the class is supposed to teach students to “be able to argue why hate speech should or should not be protected using an argument other than ‘because it made me feel bad.’” But they will no longer get that opportunity. Feeling bad got the course canceled:
This situation isn’t surprising coming from a school where students believe the free speech protections provided by the Constitution don’t apply to everyone. As one student wrote in The Daily Princetonian last year, “In my belief, when conservative ideas are opposed, there is no right that is being infringed. I am not arguing that conservatives do not expect intellectual opposition to their content; instead, I am arguing against their right to be heard and accepted.”
H/T Weekly Standard