The University of Maryland caused an uproar among social justice students when it announced that there would be no safe spaces provided for those seeking shelter from opposing ideas.
Chief of staff of the school, Diane Krejsa, crushed their little souls when she dropped this truth bomb:
“This is not a home. If people are paying money to come to college because they want a home — where people all think alike and everybody has the same political views, and the same social views and the same views on sexual orientation and transgender and whatever religion or whatever it is — they should stay at home.”
There was a double whammy when UMD rejected instituting a campus-wide ban on hate symbols. Krejsa said banning any symbols would be a violation of the First Amendment:
"Free speech is still a First Amendment right of citizens, students, faculty and employees and they probably have the right to express themselves in most of these places.”
Krejsa noted that in the case of vandalism, where a swastika might be spray-painted on a building, the student responsible would be punished under current codes of conduct, therefore, an additional policy would be redundant. However, UMD maintains that symbols of any kind fall under expression. Plus, there are Maryland laws that cover hate crimes:
“The hate crime statute in Maryland is predicated on crime occurrence, it begins with criminal misconduct. The hate crime statute is not there for placing a noose without committing a crime. I don't want to diminish the act … but, the law is such that [just] placing a noose … doesn't rise to the level of criminal misconduct. I think the difficulty is that folks rationally could maybe accept that … but emotionally it's very difficult to accept that."
This logical conclusion isn’t sitting well with the social justice crowd who insist hate — which can mean anything they don’t like, not necessarily actual hate — has no place on campus. But from the viewpoint of these outraged students, it would seem that freedom has no place on campus, either.