Mizzou Student VP: 1st Amendment Creates ‘Hostile and Unsafe Learning Environment’by Andrew Husband | 11:34 am, November 12th, 2015 VIDEO 563
While most people were following the story of the University of Missouri media studies professor who bullied a student journalist in several viral videos, the school’s student body vice president had a blunt response for journalists who claimed their first amendment rights were being violated.
Mizzou student body VP Brenda Smith-Lezama spoke with MSNBC about the declared safe spaces and why students (and some faculty) were trying to keep reporters out of them. When questioned about these “teachable moments” — with the caveat that “the cameras are going to go away soon” — Smith-Lezama said “journalists… cannot approach these situations with hostility and anger as it only escalates the situation.”
That comment stemmed from her observation that the viral videos focused on the student journalist didn’t show “pushy” and “aggressive” visiting reporters who purportedly weren’t as calm as their student counterparts.
However, the real meat of the segment came when Smith-Lezama was asked about similar cases of racial discrimination and disparity at other universities. Complaints against these student-led protests noted that colleges were seemingly becoming “places of censor and prohibition.” Mizzou’s student body VP was blatantly honest in her response.
“I personally am tired of hearing that First Amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment for myself and for other students here. I think that it’s important for us to create that distinction and create a space where we can all learn from one another and start to create a place of healing rather than a place where we are experiencing a lot of hate like we have in the past.”
Tyranny, as most people define it, is the suppression of personal freedoms to benefit someone's interpretation of a "common good," without the consent of those involved. The irony about such involuntary collectivism is that it is only supported when the supporters personally benefit.
The "ME!" factor is by far the biggest factor in both the construction of totalitarian regimes.
Past totalitarian regimes were enabled by people who lived in desperate conditions, and misled by demagogues who played on their emotions, stressing how they would have better lives if they just trust Dear Leader and his political police. Willing subjects did not care why the Jews or Kulacks disappeared or where they went, as long as they personally benefited. Eventually the willing subjects too paid a toll exacted by those they lifted into power.
Today, tyranny is being supported not because of hyperinflation, war, corruption, but on the fear of being offended! I know that not every college student thinks this way, but they have become a majority and these are our future electorate. For what it's worth, the Nazis came to power through the electorate: voting by itself does not equal freedom! Freedom comes from the willingness to stand up to those who would suppress it for THEIR version of a common good.