“Black lives matter and so does free speech”… – Wesleyan University President Michael Roth


Bryan Stascavage

Bryan Stascavage served two tours in Iraq and is a 30-year-old Political Science student at Wesleyan University. He recently penned an opinion piece for the university newspaper in which he criticized the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In the op-ed Stascavage questions whether the movement is serving a useful purpose based on its response, or frankly lack of response, to the associated looting, violence and anti-police rhetoric we’ve all been witnessing ad-nauseam on every 24 hour news network for some time now. Since the printing of that article, Stascavage has been vilified on campus as a racist, with some students even petitioning the university to defund the school newspaper over the flap.

I took the time to read the article recently and could find zero racism, but rather it contained some candid observations and opinions regarding the “Black Lives Matter” controversy. Now I know there are those reading this who will ask, “What controversy”!? Well that’s easy. I’m talking about the murder and mayhem which has accompanied this so-called “movement’ since its inception, as well as the main stream media’s passive collusion in terms of fairly reporting the movement’s ideology and application and how the current political climate is affecting same.

Appropriately, Wesleyan University President Michael Roth and his administration got behind Stascavage’s free speech rights stating, “”We certainly have no right to harass people because we don’t like their views,” the administration said. “Censorship diminishes true diversity of thinking; vigorous debate enlivens and instructs.” Well halleluiah! Roth went on to write in a blog post entitled Black lives matter and so does free speech, “As members of a university community, we always have the right to respond with our own opinions, but there is no right not to be offended,” Wow, I love this guy!

Sadly however, youth, inexperience and apparently a lack of journalistic intestinal fortitude have led the ‘Wesleyan Argus’ editors to apologize for Stascavage’s op-ed and its contents, citing “inaccurate statistics”. As of this letter, no response to repeated requests to Wesleyan Argus editors-in-chief Rebecca Brill and Tess Morgan for clarification.

I suppose that in Obama’s divisive America, free speech only applies to Liberal Progressive radicals advocating the murder of law enforcement officers.


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