Faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has joined a student protest seeking to stop U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions from speaking at the school’s May graduation ceremony.
These people are educators and should be leading by example, instead they are caving to a stupid mob.
The faculty letter, however, made a passing reference to the fact that it’s an election year.
“Sen. Sessions is always welcome to visit UAH and give a speech, and we encourage him to do so,” the letter stated. “However, since students, family, friends, and faculty are obliged to attend graduation, this attendance is an tacit acknowledgement of legitimacy as an honorary degree recipient and mandates participation as an audience for the commencement speaker. This is even more troubling given the dynamics of an election year.
“We, the faculty of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, believe it is our obligation as educators, scholars, subject matter experts, and custodians of the public trust, to communicate our displeasure and disappointment that Sen. Jeff Sessions was selected to be the 2016 commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. Our University should have higher expectations and can do better.”
This isn’t even an election year for Sessions.
It’s gets better…
Our concerns are not partisan, nor do we encourage censorship. We recognize that controversial speech is an inherent part of the “college experience” and our right as Americans and non-citizens living in this country. Discomfort and controversy are fundamental to the academic enterprise and therefore should be tolerated and even encouraged at times.
None of this is true. These people should be embarrassed.
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