Pitiful defense of free speech in higher education

In the wake of a series of outrageous attacks on free speech on college campuses across the country, their presidents have issued their support for free expression (“Promising Signs for Free Speech on Campus,” The New York Times, Apr. 16).  I say it means nothing at all.

I seriously doubt if college administrators will stand by their statements when faced with student demonstrators.  It’s one thing to issue a stand and quite another not to cave in.  Their past actions have shown that they lack the will.

I also question why it was necessary in the first place to issue their support. Colleges and universities by their very nature are supposed to be venues where free expression exists.  The fact that presidents have to make this clear is appalling.

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