Meet America’s most intolerant, myopic college student
The Daily Caller has located the most intolerant, myopic college student in the United States. Her name is Jana King. She attends Louisiana State University. Naturally, she is a women’s and gender studies major.
In early September, King wrote an opinion piece for The Daily Reveille, LSU’s campus rag, arguing that administrators should be able to limit free speech on campus.
More specifically, the 19-year-old laments the elimination of the school’s “Free Speech Alley,” a now discarded administrative scheme that limited free political speech to a 1,000 square-foot “zone” of campus.
LSU bureaucrats abolished “Free Speech Alley” after a conservative Christian group slapped the school with a federal lawsuit in 2012. (King gets the details of the suit hilariously wrong, declaring that “the University was found guilty” when the case got nowhere near a judgment because administrators instantly folded, but never mind.)
King, who hails from a speck of a town about 50 miles due east of campus, explains her nuanced understanding of the First Amendment. Its purpose, she says, is to “protect the citizens of the country from their government trying to limit political speech and opinions.” However, the founders of the United States “did not intend to protect” a “student’s right to yell at you about a fetus that you may or may not have growing inside of you.”
The women’s and gender studies major also approvingly quotes a fellow student who apparently detests free speech as well. “With a school of 30,000 people, all able to speak openly about their opinions anywhere on campus,” that guy says, “things could get ugly.”
King also made a short video clip to show the world how terrible free speech for everybody is.
The video shows King walking across a creepy, empty campus. She faces a petitioner and a few annoying solicitors of leaflets. There’s also a long-haired dude holding out a large bra.
“Opinions can be expressed anywhere,” King whines.
She then wonders why the First Amendment should trump her personal preferences.
“What about my right to a safe learning environment?” she asks. “One in which I’m not harassed by my fellow students or Baton Rouge community members simply because the First Amendment says that I can stand on this bench and scream?”
King says that last part while standing on a bench and screaming. No one arrests her or threatens her with police action.
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(h/t: Greg Lukianoff writing at Forbes.com)