|Anissa and Brittany: an event was needed|
IVC President Glenn Roquemore spoke, offering various murky thoughts (or, at any rate, he made a series of points that yielded little clarity), although he finally offered some helpful remarks at the end of his ten-minute commentary, noting that last Wednesday's hate speakers were in no sense sponsored by the college. The college could not prohibit that speech, but neither was it sponsoring it.
|Last Wednesday: hate speechifier|
targets Muslims, women, gays, et al.
Next up was IVC Police Chief Will Glen, who helpfully pointed out that the speech that we encountered last week was BOTH hate speech and protected free speech, a crucial point. (It's not "either/or." See No, there’s no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment.) And so we can't, and we shouldn't, prevent such speech.
But we can condemn it just the same. There's no contradiction. Last week's crew was obnoxious and offensive, but they plainly were within their rights to express themselves as they did. As a judge in federal court said, in my own 1st Amendment case seventeen years ago, "That's just life under the First Amendment!" Deal with it.
Chief Glen wisely recommended ignoring such speakers as we encountered last week.
Next, people in the audience had an opportunity to speak, and that's when I had to leave to teach.
I'm glad for this event, which was well attended. We need more opportunities for thought and conversation on this campus. Let's have less astounding kiddie inventions and more discussion about issues. IVC is, after all, a college. Glenn.