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March 09, 2005

Harvard's new speech codes

From the Harvard Crimson:

After some students were offended by Jada Pinkett Smith’s comments at Saturday’s Cultural Rhythms show, the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA) and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations have begun working together to increase sensitivity toward issues of sexuality at Harvard....

In a press release circulated yesterday by the BGLTSA—and developed in coordination with the Foundation—the BGLTSA called for an apology from the Foundation and encouraged future discussion of the issue.

Jada Pinkett Smith is the wife of actor Will Smith. What did she say that was so outrageous and offensive?

“Women, you can have it all -- a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career”

Harvard homosexual activists complain that her comments were too “heteronormative”, a word apparently meaning “treating heterosexuality as if it is morally superior than homosexuality” I have to guess because there's no definition for it in any of the regular online dictionaries. (well, to give credit where it's due, I appreciate the homosexuals at Harvard inventing a new word rather than stealing an old one)

Anyway...

...the [Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations] has pledged to “take responsibility to inform future speakers that they will be speaking to an audience diverse in race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender and class,”

In other words, censor the speech of all future speakers. Well, we at least know what Harvard's priorities are when it comes to basic Constitutional rights.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 9, 2005 11:11 AM

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