“I am here so that I can make a difference in terms of creating inclusive, open spaces that are safe spaces where every voice is empowered and where every student’s voice is heard,” Smith promised last year.
Whatever Smith’s views on the rights of others, it’s not clear which speech — if any — so infuriated him during the wall’s brief existence.
According to the Post, the wall’s obvious references to sexual orientation were definitively pro-gay.
“QUEERS ARE AWESOME,” wrote one student. “Gay is OK,” asserted another.
Other comments on the wall included “Obama Murders with Drones” and “I love my clitoris!!” A series of rebuttals followed the proclamation, “Abortion is murder.”
Only one statement could be construed as anti-gay: “traditional marriage is awesome.” CoKehyeng told the Post that this radical four-word manifesto was enough to warrant a visit from Carleton’s director of student affairs.
On Tuesday, Carleton Students for Liberty were reportedly constructing a new free-speech wall. While optimistic, CoKehyeng admitted to the Post that he is resigned to the fact that it may meet the same fate as the last one.