This is NOT an Onion parody:
The Canadian student who wrecked a “Free Speech Wall” at Carleton University less than a day after it was installed continues to create headlines.
Before Arun Smith destroyed the wall — really a very large board wrapped in white paper — students had written messages on it such as “QUEERS ARE AWESOME,” “Obama Murders with Drones” and “traditional marriage is awesome.”
That last statement seems to be the one that aroused the violent ire of the gay rights activist.
On Wednesday, Smith appeared on Sun News, a Canadian news and opinion cable channel, to defend his previously expressed view that “not every opinion is valid, nor deserving of expression.”
“We have to operate on affect and harm to marginalized communities,” the human rights and sexuality major added.
Smith went on to describe his anti-free speech views at some length, frequently harping on his concern about “the context of the words.”
“Inclusive, safe spaces are not places where you can have unregulated free speech. Unregulated free speech is something that leads to hate speech every single time,” the human rights and sexuality major said.
“There’s a difference between sort of what we say colloquially — ‘I hate this,’ ‘I hate that’ — and what is fundamental hate speech, which is a form of oppression,” Smith carefully contrasted. “If I were to say ‘I hate bigots,’ that’s not hate speech and, you know, everyone in the world is willing to agree with me on that, and anyone who doesn’t probably should reexamine their personal convictions.”
Smith also assured viewers that there is “a difference between hate and oppression” and called himself a simultaneously powerful and powerless person.
Carleton College is a small liberal arts college in Minnesota best known for setting a Guinness world record for the largest number of people spooning.
Tomorrow’s leaders today.
America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. – Andrew Shepard