East Carolina University Board of Trustees adopts free speech resolution | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is CJ Staff.

    The East Carolina University Board of Trustees voted unanimously this month to adopt a "Resolution on the Affirmation of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech."

    The vote comes amid growing concern across the country in colleges and universities about political bias and free speech. A survey conducted over the summer and presented to the UNC Board of Trustees, titled "Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue at the University of North Carolina," found that campuses "do not consistently achieve an atmosphere that promotes free expression." This prompted the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees to adopt a resolution affirming free speech. While UNC-Chapel Hill was the first in the state to pass a such resolution they are no longer alone.

    The ECU resolution is based on the UNC Board of Trustee report and the 1967 Kalven Committee Report from The University of Chicago.

    "The university itself needs to be a place where you can invite debate about issues of our time." ECU Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Shook told Carolina Journal. "Sometimes new issues and new ideas are controversial, their discomforting, they challenge narratives. The university needs to be a place to house these conversations."

    While these resolutions affirm free speech for all students, the survey from Chapel Hill clearly indicates that self-described conservative students are more uncomfortable speaking out compared to their liberal counterparts. From immigration to race to police, moderate and liberal students always felt more comfortable voicing their opinion. Shook noted from the UNC report "some people are more apt to censure their political opinions based on their peers and professors."

    Issues surrounding free speech on campus aren't just limited to UNC schools. In January, the High Point University College Republicans attempted to host a screening of a Daily Wire film called "The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM." The president of the HPUCR received so many threats on social media, she was forced to contact the High Point University Police to file a report. The director of student engagement contacted the HPUCR President, informing her the event was canceled due to not having the rights to the film. Carolina Peacock a member of the College Republicans in an opinion piece in Carolina Journal said "The Republicans on campus feel that we no longer have a voice."

    "We want to make sure East Carolina University as a whole doesn't take political stances but its faculty, staff, and other interested parties are free and encouraged to openly debate any issues," said Shook.

It has been far too many years since the Woke theology interlaced its canons within the fabric of the Indoctrination Realm, so it is nigh time to ask: Does this Representative Republic continue, as a functioning society of a self-governed people, by contending with the unusual, self absorbed dictates of the Woke, and their vast array of Victimhood scenarios?
  Yes, the Religion of Woke must continue; there are so many groups of underprivileged, underserved, a direct result of unrelenting Inequity; they deserve everything.
  No; the Woke fools must be toppled from their self-anointed pedestal; a functioning society of a good Constitutional people cannot withstand this level of "existential" favoritism as it exists now.
  I just observe; with this thoughtful observation: What will happen "when the Vikings are breeching our walls;" how do the Woke react?
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( March 14th, 2023 @ 7:43 pm )
"Freedom of speech is your right to say what I don't want to hear" - George Orwell
( March 14th, 2023 @ 4:06 pm )
Free Speech was NOT meant to be easy, or kind, or sweet.
Big Bob said:
( March 14th, 2023 @ 3:32 pm )
Free speech is good but should one be comfortable saying the n-word? The F-word, the C-word? Misogyny, homophobia and racist speech should make you uncomfortable. There is nothing conservative about that kind of talk. Its just hate, fear and ignorance. Are you free to speak that way? Yes. But don't expect to comfortable.
( March 14th, 2023 @ 2:32 pm )

It is now appropriate to honor the First Amendment guaranteeing Americans Freedom of Speech, and a myriad of other freedoms, within that Amendment, that the "intelligentsia" elites within your ranks so often take for granted, and have in the past restricted from others.

PIRATES, I pray you can square this reversion to the US Constitution with the self proclaimed Social Justice Warriors within your employ; so highly paid, and so lowly worthy of such.

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