Back in the 1960s, there was a revolution on our nation?s college campuses. Liberal students were organizing protests outside buildings, and even sit-ins inside the offices of deans and college presidents. But, since then, many of these radical students have become college professors. And some of those professors are now college administrators. Now, they?ve decided that they are no longer in favor of protests and sit-ins. And, lately, they?ve been confronted with some problems.
Over the last couple of years, the membership of college conservative groups has grown dramatically. Some of these groups have started to employ tactics that should make former campus leftists proud. But things like affirmative action ?bake sales? (selling cookies to whites at full price, with discounts for minorities) designed to show the absurdity of campus admission policies have evoked a negative reaction from college administrators.
The efforts of some colleges to shut down these classic demonstrations of free speech have failed miserably. For example, at William and Mary College, administrators recently claimed that students conducting such a sale were ?violating campus policy.? However, when later asked by the student protestors to cite the specific policies, the administration claimed that, ?Referring to the Student Handbook at this point in time is counterproductive."
Later, when this story hit the media, concerned citizens wrote to William and Mary President Timothy J. Sullivan. He responded to their concerns with childish emails like the following:
Dear Mr. Crawford, Some fool has sent me an email and signed your name to it. You should do what you can to discover the identity of the person. He or she is doing real harm to your reputation. I will help you if I can. Tim Sullivan.
Unfortunately, such incidents are not isolated. Similarly disgraceful episodes have occurred at UC-Irvine, Northwestern, and Southern Methodist University. (Log on to www.thefire.org for full details).
Many conservatives find themselves wondering what can be done to help these former-campus-leftists-turned-student-oppressors to regain an appreciation of constitutionally protected free speech, including campus protests.
The answer is simple: We need to make them angry. In fact, we need to make them so angry that they actually begin to organize protests of their own, just like in the good old days. And there is no better way to do that than to bring a flood of conservative speakers to our nation?s college campuses.