The Volokh Conspiracy
What speech is going to justify expulsion next?
By Eugene Volokh March 10 at 2:14 PM
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Oklahoma University President David Boren has expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These students’ speech was indeed quite repugnant, but for reasons I discuss here, it’s protected by the First Amendment.
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“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. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.” — President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in “The American President” (1995)
Seems pretty OBVIOUS:
(1) Oklahoma University is a Gooferment Skrule!
(2) The OU Prez punished the students and the frat for their speech.
The First Amendment has been violated!
Using the liberal’s favorite movie, “defend that”!
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