Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"Free speech rights WITH fear of harassment or intimidation"

There's a funny typo in this story from Northwest Public Radio.
WSU Student Demonstration Investigated

11/22/06 -

The Center for Human Rights at Washington State University is looking into the charges that resulted from a confrontation on the Pullman campus at a recent student demonstration. Glenn Mosley has more.

College Republicans at WSU had put up a 24 foot chain link fence on the Glenn Terrell Mall to show support for congressional passage of a bill to build a fence along the border with Mexico. A counter protest, including charges of racism, then ensued against the fence demonstration.

The protest included a faculty member cursing at students and another faculty member asking for student ID numbers.

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins released a statement saying that while the campus welcomes the dialogue on an issue that members of the university community care deeply about, it appeared that some, including faculty, exercised what he calls very poor judgment in their speech and actions. Rawlins said the university is committed to being a place where people can exercise their free speech rights with fear of harassment or intimidation.
Of course, the typo actually reflects a more accurate appraisal of the situation at WSU. A Freudian slip perhaps?

You can listen to the radio story with the correct wording here.

HT: Right Mind


Dale Courtney said...

Great catch! I didn't even notice that when I posted it.

Truly a Freudian slip :)


Paul E. Zimmerman said...

At least with this little typo, the acting policy matches the actions we've seen on the WSU campus. :P