Thomas Sowell

 Meanwhile, members of any minority group can shout any insult or obscenity they want against whites and these speech codes will do nothing. Radical feminists can accuse any given man, or men in general, of anything under the sun and nothing will be done, even if the charges are proved false. Homosexuals can shout louder than ever that they are being silenced -- and shout it in four-letter words -- and nothing will be done.

 The ostensible basis for these speech codes is as phony as the loose and biased standards applied. What problems were these speech codes supposed to be solving? Who was suffering what?

 Since I was a black student at predominantly white high schools and predominantly white universities before these speech codes came in, you might think that I would have encountered the perils from which speech codes are supposed to protect minorities.  But I neither saw nor experienced those terrible dangers. Nor have I seen minorities or women so fragile that a disagreement over policy issues would crush their spirits and impair their learning.

 Speech codes are meant to silence any criticism of the brainwashing and double standards that schools and colleges have increasingly practiced. That is what it is all about.

 The student suspended in San Diego was not advocating violence, much less practicing any. He was criticizing the brainwashing. That was what he was suspended for.

 Most parents have no idea how widespread and dogmatic are the programs to change their children's values from those taught in the home to those considered chic in politically correct circles. That is what needs to be stopped, even more than the speech codes.

 Conservatives are sadly mistaken when they try to get schools to teach abstinence when many students can't even spell abstinence. Schools need to teach academic skills, not indoctrinate.


Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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