Duke Columnist Slams the First Amendment

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You would expect a student columnist at one of the country’s most respected universities to support the First Amendment, but that’s not the case for Bennett Carpenter of Duke. In a recent column published in Duke’s newspaper, The Chronicle, the grad student claims that free speech is just another tool of white power.

“I am thinking about how an urgent and overdue conversation about racism—on our campus and across our country — has been derailed by a diversionary and duplicitous obsession with the First Amendment,” wrote Carpenter. “I am thinking about how quickly the conversation has shifted from white supremacy to white fragility — and how this shift is itself an expression of white supremacy.”

Have you ever noticed that when these liberal academics get going, it’s like they’re speaking a foreign language? This is supposed to be an op-ed for a general audience, not his thesis on critical race theory. White fragility? What is he talking about?

Helpfully, he explains it. Carpenter defines white fragility as “a range of defensive behaviors through which white people (or more accurately, people who believe they are white) deflect conversations about race and racism in order to protect themselves from race-based stress.”

It may or may not be relevant to point out that Carpenter is white. Whether or not he is one of those “people who believe they are white” is unclear.

“Words hurt as much as actions; indeed, words are actions,” he wrote. “Within the context of white supremacy, any distinction between a defaced poster, a racist pamphlet and legal or extralegal murder can be only of degree.”

Is that right? And we’re talking about white fragility here? When was the last time a white person was so terrified of words that they wanted to take away a person’s ability to speak freely?

This absurdity knows no limits. A defaced poster is hardly different from murder? How can anyone believe this nonsense?

Sadly, this isn’t just one cuckoo bird at Duke. Carpenter’s opinions are widely shared among those who buy into the theory of white privilege and systemic American oppression. That’s why it can only be a matter of time before hate speech laws come to the United States. These liberals know that the easiest way to win a contest of ideas is to make opposing ideas illegal. It’s already working in Germany, where anti-immigrant protesters are censored and prosecuted. Soon it will be here.

Remember when liberals fancied themselves champions of free speech? My, how things have changed.