The racial disparity continues to raise its ugly head in America at the cost of a college student’s academic career.
Thaddeus Pryor was one of a number of people involved in a discussion on the anonymous social media site Yik Yak. The topic of the discussion was ‘black lives matters.’ According to reports, the discussion started out as a serious one, but eventually changed when raunchy statements began showing up. One of those statements were said to referenced white males as nothing but dirty hippies whose sexual organs are small and used to have sex with family members.
The discussion then turned to ‘black women matter’ and someone posted:
“They matter, they’re just not hot.”
The day after the posts on Yik Yak were made, signs appeared in the Student Center located near one of the dean’s office at Colorado College. Officials at the college received a report from someone that Pryor had made the posts about black women and about white males. He was quickly summoned before a disciplinary review board. Even though there is no way for the board to find evidence that Pryor made the posts since Yik Yak is 100% anonymous, they accused him of authoring the posts. Pryor admitted making the post about black women not being hot, he vehemently denied making the other derogatory post.
Without any evidence to support the accusations, except for his admission to the one only post, college officials took one day to decide to issue a 21 month suspension against Pryor. If you wonder why the odd a number of months, it’s probably due to the fact that it would have taken 21 more months to complete his degree.
Pryor appealed his suspension, claiming that the college violated his rights to due process as spelled out by the college’s own policy. He also maintains that the college found him guilty of far more derogatory posts than the one he admitted to, without any evidence to support their verdict.
Pryor was reported to have said:
“During my hearing, rather than presenting me with my possible violations then investigating my actions and how they may have constituted those violations, I was simply treated as broadly guilty.”
It seems that courts have given private colleges like Colorado College more leeway in restricting the speech of students of campus and some private schools have stretched that leeway to impose tyrannical rule and control of all speech of their students and faculty.
But that does that mean that private colleges can take disciplinary actions against the speech of students without any evidence or that the college can violate their own published student handbook?
I don’t believe that any school, private or public should have the right to restrict anyone’s First Amendment right to free speech. That was one of the freedoms the colonists fought and died for 240 years ago. The British treated them just like private colleges are treating students today. Perhaps it’s time for another revolution in America to take back the rights and freedoms that our Founding Fathers fought and died for. It’s time to take America back from the liberals who are systematically stripping us of our constitutional rights.