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University of Iowa Pulls Anti-Racism Display for Being 'Deeply Offensive'; Head of Journalism School Cheers

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A Klu Klux Klan figure on display at the University of Iowa (UI) has sparked some hot debate over free speech, as they do. Growing up in Cincinnati, the KKK Christmas cross downtown was an annual source of brouhaha. But Cincy's KKK display diverges in one major way from the 7-foot sculpted klansman that showed up on a main area of the UI campus December 5: the latter figure was intended as a statement against racism. 

Created by Serhat Tanyolacar, a UI visiting professor and printmaking fellow, the klansman sculpture was decoupaged in newspaper coverage of racial tension and violence throughout the past 100 years. The piece was meant to highlight how America's history of race-based violence isn't really history and "facilitate a dialgoue," as Tanyolacar told university paper The Gazette

But no matter: After several hours, UI officials decided that the display was "deeply offensive" and needed to be removed. "The University of Iowa considers all forms of racism abhorrent and is deeply committed to the principles of inclusion and acceptance," a school memo said, referring to the statue as a form of hate speech.  

Associate journalism professor Lyombe Eko told the campus independent paper that the area where the display went up was a designated public forum, and "in such areas, the university may not practice viewpoint discrimination … No matter how abhorrent it might be to segments of the university community, the work of art is protected by the First Amendment. The University of Iowa can only impose time, place, and manner restrictions on Professor Tanyolacar [the artist], not ban his art on the basis of its content." 

David Ryfe, director of UI's School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UI, has different ideas, however. "If it was up to me, and me alone," he told The Daily Iowan, "I would follow the lead of every European nation and ban this type of speech."

There's a sort of axiom among many journalists that if you want a career in journalism, you shouldn't go to journalism school. And if the head of the University of Iowa's School of Journalism is any indication, that advice holds true as ever today. 

While Ryfe admitted that UI likely made a viewpoint-based distinction, he also pointed out that "there are exceptions, and "this happened on a university campus for one thing." But as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education points out, "speech is not rendered unprotected merely by the fact that it occurs on a public university campus." The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that "the mere dissemination of ideas—no matter how offensive to good taste—on a state university campus may not be shut off in the name alone of 'conventions of decency.'" 

To me, this case provides a good reference point for why we shouldn't curtail freedom of expression even when it comes from despicable groups like the Klu Klux Klan. When you start casting for exceptions to the First Amendment, you never know what kind of other speech—perhaps speech designed to address the very problems you're fighting against—will get caught up in the net.

Unfortunately, the kids and faculty at UI seem to have learned a different lesson: reacting to the statue as art or as a political statement was a reflection of cluelessness, insensitivy, and white privilege. Nic Arp, UI's director of strategic communications for the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, inititally referred to the statue as "public art" in a tweet that has since been deleted. Arp told The Gazette he now knows that doing so was "incredibly offensive" and a function of him "respond(ing) to it first and foremost as a piece of art and not in the way an African American might—as a very real and scary symbol."

Tweeting under the hashtag #BlackHawkeyes, UI students and others have been blasting Tanyolacar's sculpture and the university for initially allowing it. "This person was willing to sacrifice the mental health of all the Black students here for his own gain,"read one such tweet. Yes, his own gain like making a statement about the ongoing terror of racism-based violence. Treachorous.

The university said Tanyolacar is not facing any disciplinary action, but he will be making a formal apology. 

h/t Thaddeus Russell

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179 responses to “University of Iowa Pulls Anti-Racism Display for Being 'Deeply Offensive'; Head of Journalism School Cheers

  1. I’m sure that every student at the university has been triggered and is afraid and feeling unsafe. No exams this semester.

      1. Umm, there should have been a link…here

        1. “Your Honor, I ask that you extend the deadline for filing my brief to give me time to mourn my grandmother’s death…”

          “Counselor, this is the fifth grandmother of yours who died in the past year!”

          “I know, Your Honor, and that’s exactly what tugs so much at my heartstrings!”

          1. Well, there was the genetic donors’ parents, the surrogate’s parents, the adoptive parents’ parents, and the in-laws. That’s seven grandmothers, at least.

            1. How dare you arbitrarily assign female roles to that person’s ancestors!

        2. That’s fine. If they were upset, they deserve a chance to recoup before taking exams. Maybe a nap and a bottle and they can take them in a few days. Awful hard on pre-schoolers, aren’t you? Columbia Pre-School means the students are under five, dude!

          …… Oh wait a minute, Columbia Law School. Nevvver Mind!

    1. No exams? So that’s why my college degree means nothing!

    2. Well, I’d be traumatized if I was in the art department tediously creating gray scales and painting compositions of three random items for a decent grade.

      1. Hey! Still lifes are an important training tool!

  2. I have the oddest feeling of d?j? vu.

    1. I’ve been fucked out of a hat tip yet again. Goddam Reason antisemites.

  3. I guess it’s possible to make art that attacks racism/sexism/homophobia/etc. that nobody could possibly misconstrue.

    Of course, that art would be dull and banal.

    It’s certainly not possible to use satire or parody or many (most?) narrative techniques without somebody taking the opposite message.

    Should art be reduced to something that cannot be misunderstood by the stupidest and most belligerent among us?

    1. So, what you’re saying is, Needs More Labels.

      1. Honestly, a little sign explaining the sculpture would not be a terrible idea, and would be infinitely preferable to removing it.

        1. The newspapers (and their headlines) it is made of are the explanation. But, yes a big sign saying why it is a significant work or art and speaks to power would help the idjuts get it.

    2. Maybe you should ask Michael Bay.

      1. Are you calling Bay a misunderstood genius?

        1. Bay is a genius. At making money and being incredibly successful and famous. You have to give him that, no matter how terrible his “art” is.

          1. It makes me sad that pretty girls in front of American flags in front of sun is one third of what makes his movies loved. I mean, explosions and over-wrought special effects have their place.

            1. Well, that’s another area where you have to give Bay credit. He has impeccable taste in chicks. I’m sure he sleeps on a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.

              1. Liv Tyler hasn’t been my bag since Empire Records, but that’s really just quibbling. I respect him the same way I respect the people doing the same by singing poppy “country” songs. Good for them, but I don’t have to partake.

                1. He’s the Applebees of movie makers.

    3. Should art be reduced to something that cannot be misunderstood by the stupidest and most belligerent among us?

      YES!!!1!

  4. First tragedy, then farce, then….??

    1. …apocalypse

    2. Rape?

  5. What if the artist had covered the sculpture with Robert Mapplethorpe photos?

    1. I’d hope he would, but not subsidized with unwilling donors.

  6. I’m thinking this is more of a Rorschach test than anything else. I don’t see a Klansman, I see a bad collage of newspaper.

    Perhaps it says more about the viewer than anything else.

    1. I see an Abu Ghraib prisoner

      1. That was my first thought too.

        1. You just lack the proper sense of history. Its obviously a Jew being forced to convert an an auto da fe of the Inquisition.

          1. Nobody expected that.

              1. That Homple, you can’t Torquemada nothing.

          2. An auto da fe?, What’s an auto da fe?

            1. It’s what you ought not to do, but you do anyway.

      2. I thought it was pyramid head from the silent hill series, but wearing a tacky jacket.

    2. I thought it was a garden gnome at first.

    3. Klansmen can be used ironically. For fucks sake, I seriously fucking doubt that Jasper Johns displayed US flags because he was JBS.

    4. Rampaging homeless Santa for me.

    5. Recyclable scarecrow

    6. I saw a journalism student in a dunce hat. Seriously. Newsprint, pointy hat, what else could it be?

  7. The University of Iowa considers all forms of racism abhorrent and is deeply committed to the principles of inclusion and acceptance

    Kind of makes my brain hurt.

    1. What are the various “forms” of racism? I thought racism was pretty simply collectivism based on physical features and locality ancestry.

      1. Bingo! We have ourselves a winner! Ding!Ding!Ding!

      2. QUIT TRYING TO CONCEAL YOUR MULTITUDE OF OTHERING TACTICS, YOU CISGENITALLED SHITLORD.

        1. He’s on to me!

          1. He’s on to me!

            Ehh…pretty weak for a CISGENITALLED SHITLORD

      3. Overt, covert, institutional, scientific, economic, statistical, unconscious, internalized, intersectional, symbolic, cultural, micro, nano, pico….

    2. No one should have to go to college and see anything that would upset them or make them question their own preconceptions. This is a place of higher education, after all.

      1. Then they should start by turning firehoses on the bath-dodgers.

  8. Fuckin’ Turks, man 😉

    1. Why did Constantinople get renamed Istanbul ?

      1. Because it tried to disassociate itself with the previously Byzantine bureaucracy?

          1. I got here too late and took too long to put this together: Who said anything about potential visitors from Muspelheim?

          2. But TMBG fuckin’ blew it on that song (lyrically). Where is Byzantium?

            1. Oh god, you’ve stepped in it now! Someone here (I forget who) gets very upset when somebody thinks that that song was written by TMBG!! Google it, dude. Then apologize.

              1. Okay. I apologize. Because this is just commentary. JFK! I’m not offended by what you say. I just ask for the same.

      2. Hey! That’s nobody’s business but the Turks!

        1. Don’t let’s don’t start.

      3. Because they just liked it better that way?

    2. I am playing Turkey in a Diplomacy game right now. I can see myself getting a good fucking.

      And to that point, we should get a Reason Diplomacy game going. I don’t like any of you enough to worry about backstabbing so it would be kool.

      1. I’m in for that.

      2. I’m down. I wanna be Seychelles.

      3. oookay…well, I currently use playdiplomacy.com. We can set up a private game. (not sure how yet but I will figure it out)
        If someone is MORE experienced than I at it I would love to be a participant rather than organizer but if not then I will.

        1. DONE!
          Game Name:

          94041. Reasonoid Domination

          at This site

          Password is Reason2014…first seven get in.

          I do not care about outside communication channels (BS in the comments here) if no one else does.

      4. Sounds like fun.

  9. I don’t see why they can’t just compromise and put a big curtain around it. That way the art is there and exists, but no one needs to see it and be offended. Everyone is happy.

    1. Paging Christo

    2. AH, but they would know what was behind the curtain, thus triggering the feeling of fear of the night riding KKK that most 20 year old black people in the northern midwest recall from their childhood.

  10. If Art is to ever be understood, it must be State-driven and with a clear message. I think of a Mapplethorpe with a whip up an ass. Homoerotic? Sorry, boys, that wasn’t the point.

  11. UI’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UI, has different ideas, however. “If it was up to me, and me alone,” he told The Daily Iowan, “I would follow the lead of every European nation and ban this type of speech.”

    That a journalism professor would say this is terrifying.

    1. He went to the MiniTruth school of mass communications.

    2. Actually, considering what we see of journalists today, it’s completely unsurprising. Someone’s been teaching them to be scum, and this guy is one of the teachers.

      1. Scum I can at least understand. But the kind of ignorance that leads a journalist to actively argue against the First Amendment just boggles the mind. I understand it in the abstract, but actually seeing it IRL is like what I imagine seeing a unicorn would be like.

        1. He expects, probably rightly, that the people who would do away with the First Amendment would implement his political ideas.

        2. Don’t forget that this moron probably just assumes that as a “journalist”, as a member of a special class, they would not be censored like the hoi polloi.

          1. Absolutely. It wouldn’t surprise me if he supported journalistic licensing, too. He thinks these things will never come back to bite “real” journalists. But how can anyone be so devastatingly stupid and yet be taken seriously by others? It’s like a farmer that releases locusts in the next farm over because the wind was blowing away from him that particular day, who then goes on to teach agriculture.

            1. Also interesting is that his ilk are quite big on the “responsibility” side of human behavior and rights, up until they are told they have to be responsible for their own well-being (food, shelter, self-defense, etc).

    3. This is the sort of thing you have to go to J-school to be taught. Otherwise you would ignorantly have some notion of free speech and a press that aggressively pursues the truth.

    4. State-run jouranlism school. I’d be shocked if he had the opposite view.

  12. He could have just said it was a man in a Capriote.

  13. Christmas cross? Is that like the Good Friday manger scene?

    1. I think she meant the KKK Christopher Cross.

      1. When you get caught between a loon and Cincinnati…

        1. Fantasy, it gets the best of me
          When I’m lynching
          All caught up in the reverie, every word is a symphony
          Won’t you believe me?

    2. It just went up every year at Christmastime.

  14. Much like #CancelColbert, censors never understand nuance or irony or satire or hidden meanings.

    “MAN IN KLAN SUIT. KLAN RACIST. BAD. CRUSH KILL DESTROY”

    1. Animists are utterly impervious to humor, irony, satire, litotes, you name it.

      1. Hey, they’re like Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy!

      2. I only need one litote, thank you very much. 😉

        1. Take two – they’re small and you won’t be displeased.

          1. That wasn’t the worst thing I’ve read today.

            1. Nice.

    2. “Much like #CancelColbert, censors never understand nuance or irony or satire or hidden meanings.”

      I think Suey Park absolutely understood the difference, but decided to grab onto Stephen Colbert as a means of getting her name out there and making money on the lucrative ‘SJW Eternal Victimhood’ tour.

      Twitter activism (Twatism?) is wonderful because it can make you money through your Kickstarter while requiring no special skills except for a total lack of ethics and self-esteem.

  15. ‘David Ryfe, director of UI’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UI, has different ideas, however. “If it was up to me, and me alone,” he told The Daily Iowan, “I would follow the lead of every European nation and ban this type of speech.”‘

    There is literally no European country where this would be banned, since it’s clearly an indictment of racism, not supportive.

    Europe’s hate speech laws are ludicrous, anti-liberty, and often result in people being punished for things like quoting Winston Churchill. However, even their idiotic anti-speech laws don’t go as far as this nitwit’s dream autocracy.

    Although in Sweden they did fine a newspaper because someone in the comments section wrote something racist and the paper didn’t delete the comment quickly enough. So I suppose in modern Europe anything is technically possible.

    1. Funny enough, a Scandinavian brewery dedicated a beer to Obama and called it: Black Force One (a pun/portmanteau of Airforce One) The White House (no pun intended) blocked the action.

      1. I’m waiting for them to issue a specific prohibition on consumption of red wine because it’s offensive to Indians.

  16. “A Klu Klux Klan figure on display at the University of Iowa (UI) “

    Is THAT what it was?

    I thought it was supposed to be a visual representation of this

    “I don’t wanna be a pinhead no more.
    I just met a nurse that I could go for.
    D-U-M-B
    Everyone’s accusing me!”

    1. I thought it was a character from Grim Fandango.

      http://www.technobuffalo.com/w…..sarts5.jpg

      Apparently at the University of Iowa they’re really offended by old Lucas Arts games, for some reason.

      1. They never found out what the secret of Monkey Island was.

        1. The secret is that it wasn’t an island, but a peninsula.

          1. +1 Platform*

            *Look at the size of that platform!

            1. Dammit, it was from Lisa on Ice, not one of the Treehouses.

              Where do I turn in my Simpsons fan card?

      2. God damn that was a good game. The soundtrack was killer.

  17. Yet another example of proggies eating their own.

  18. David Ryfe, director of UI’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UI, has different ideas, however. “If it was up to me, and me alone,” he told The Daily Iowan, “I would follow the lead of every European nation and ban this type of speech.”

    Behold the banality of evil.

  19. Can someone please explain to me what the fuck is happening to our universities? I mean, I understand that they’ve been taken over by authoritarian moral narcissists. But, it was never quite so clear to me that they’d been taken over by incredibly fucking stupid authoritarian moral narcissists. The artwork is anti-racists. For anyone with an IQ above room temperature, that takes all of thirty seconds to figure out. And I’m a goddamned philistine. Christ, I’m starting to wonder if we wouldn’t be better off if higher education just shut down for a few years.

    Pardon the rant.

    1. If anyone feels like getting riled up further, I highly recommend skimming the whole article from the campus newspaper http://thegazette.com/subject/…..t-20141208

      1. So the artist, in true spineless lackwit fashion, went and apologized over twitter.

        This was unacceptable. Anything less than a public genuflection in Red Square was nought but further evidence of his capitalist running dog sympathies.

        ‘”If he is not fired immediately and returns to campus next semester, he should not be allowed to teach any students,” Wheeler wrote. Other people posting under the #BlackHawkeyes hashtag continued to weigh in on the issue Monday. One person criticized Tanyolacar’s apology.

        “Twitter is not an acceptable place for a formal apology,” she wrote.’

        1. Oops, didn’t mean to hit submit yet.

          Anyway, this guy apologizes for something he never should have apologized for, and instead of graciously accepting the apology for the irreparable damage inflicted on their feels, these students angrily denounced him for not giving an apology to their liking.

          America is screwed. These people are going to be in positions of power some day, and then what?

          1. “These people are going to be in positions of power some day, and then what?”

            Then vodka sales will triple.

            1. Or handgun sales.

              1. (not advocating violent uprising)

                1. Too late – good luck getting on an airplane in your lifetime!

          2. Serhat Tanyolacar, 38, a UI faculty member and Grant Wood Art Colony Printmaking Fellow who made the sculpture, is not facing university consequences

            Even a professor is not free to speak his mind. But at least he won’t ‘face consequences’ for doing so … for 4 hours.

        2. All this behavior is merely an excuse for shitheads to get their thug on and bully the shit out of someone while seeming to have the moral high ground. It’s essentially “legitimized” bullying. Look for any excuse to be able to bully and attack someone without being stigmatized for it; in fact, to even be praised in some circles.

          We’re seeing the breakout of a massive culture of coward bullies who have figured out how to be social thugs without being condemned for it.

      2. Thanks for the blood pressure spike, Ms. Nolan Brown.

        One of the worst parts of this is seeing the people who should be standing up to the students and telling them to get a clue groveling in support of them.

        I think back to when I was in college. There were times I made stupid or ill informed judgements about art or literature. My professors didn’t hesitate to tell me I was being an imbecile.

        Is this really how badly academia has deteriorated?

      3. Mason also shared plans to move quickly in forming a committee of students and community members to advise her on options for strengthening cultural competency training and reviewing implicit bias training.

        Re-education camps for all.

        1. Soon it’ll be work camps, so we can all learn to empathize with the proletariat.

    2. The problem is that too many kids that are not intellectual in any way (and there is nothing wrong with that) are being goaded into college, a place they feel out of place and hence, they are perhaps prone to polemicists that their ordinary non-academic lives in the working world would not have exposed them too.

      1. they are perhaps prone to polemicists that their ordinary non-academic lives in the working world would not have exposed them too.

        The polemicists would follow them. If not in academics, they would be “union representatives” and “community activists”.

        1. True in a very weak sense. OMG. Eureka. I swear that I knew that already.
          Howevs, I’ll qualify your comment, and after my hubris moment, I’ll add from my personal anecdotal experience that what you say is true, but you underestimate how many people are poor at negotiating.
          Just like in Labor Unions, College Students need a rabble rouser that will be their voices (joke!) ,,.
          Your comment rings true. And not so weakly. As long as the wages are such that anyone would want to stay there more than a few days.

      2. And whereas the adults should tell the kids that they are stupid, the adults are acuatally trying to win the favor of the kids and appease their wanton irrationality. This, this is what happens when adults try to be hip.

        The non-academic employees and administrators are the worst too. They desperately want to be thought of as ‘intelligentsia’ so they overcompensate politically for their lack of letters after their names.

    3. At this point, if I had kids, I would actively discourage them from going to a traditional university. I’d hard-sell community college (which seem, so far, to be immune to this kind of tomfoolery), technical/vocational school, or online.

      1. It would be tolerable if people studying real things like math or science could just do their own thing and the poli sci and gender studies majors can have their little circle jerks in their own corner. But they now require everyone to take a certain number of indoctrination sessions.

        My position, my edict to the admins, is that no math or engineering or science major should have to take a single social sci or humanities class until until the social science/humanities majors are all required to pass a stats or basic calculus class.

    4. You know they’re not stupid. They know exactly what they’re doing. They’ll keep going and “progressing” until someone gets up the guts to tell them to fuck off.

      And we see the artist has apologized, thus clearing the path for yet more progress.

  20. Don’t forget this guy:

    http://www.thefire.org/iupui-s…..-kkk-book/

  21. I work there, and I’ve been appalled by the reaction. Makes me want to weep.

  22. Harvard Business School Prof = Threatens Chinese Restaurant with ‘Authorities’ For $4 Overcharge

    “A Harvard Business School associate professor who saw crimson after getting overcharged $4 on a $53.35 order of Chinese food reportedly launched an email wrestling match with the eatery’s owners?and let it be known he had notified “the applicable authorities” of the menu mishap.

    Edelman, who teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Market unit of the school, was apparently irked to learn that the restaurant’s menu on its website hadn’t been updated to reflect the prices he was charged for shredded chicken with spicy garlic sauce.

    “I suggest that Sichuan Garden refund me three times the amount of the overcharge,” Edelman helpfully wrote Duan, according to theGlobe.

    “The tripling reflects the approach provided under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, MGL 93a, wherein consumers broadly receive triple damages for certain intentional violations,” Edelman wrote in one of several lengthy, detailed emails to Duan published by the Globe.”

    1. Just take it out of the tip and get on with your (alleged) life.

      1. He’s doing everyone a favor, actually

        “”And, he said, “Notably, though not emphasized in the Boston.com piece,the restaurant at issue knew the website prices had been “out of date for quite some time.” On Yelp,consumers were complaining about this in 2010. At what point should they do something about it? I’m pleased to have at least gotten the problem fixed for the benefit of others. But by all indications there are thousands of customers affected, thousands or more likely tens of thousands of dollars of overcharges.””

        Well then, the Moral and Logical thing to do is to exorbitantly fine your local Chinese restaurant out of existence and raise the costs of market entry so that no one ever dares engage in the business of delivering lazy PhD’s their dinner.

        1. I’d go along with this little cunt’s demands. On one condition. He has to agree to eat at the Sichuan Garden every day for the next five years.

          Good luck to him figuring out what they’ve put in his food.

          1. Yeah, this guy would be extremely wise to never eat food from the Sichuan Garden again.

            What an a-hole.

    2. “I suggest that Sichuan Garden refund me three times the amount of the overcharge,” Edelman helpfully wrote Duan, according to theGlobe.

      Way not to be an avaricious Jew stereotype Prof. Benjamin Edelman.

    3. He must not be doing it for the money. It’s only twelve fucking dollars. And if he really felt aggrieved, you would think a simple apology and refund would be enough. So is he just a prick that enjoys making other people suffer for completely understandable mistakes. Don’t answer that.

      1. So is he just a prick that enjoys making other people suffer for completely understandable mistakes.

        You have no idea.

  23. “The University of Iowa considers all forms of racism abhorrent and is deeply committed to the principles of inclusion and acceptance,”

    So, they’re going to censor all of the #blacklivesmatter protests?

  24. “deeply committed to the principles of inclusion and acceptance”

    In other words, you all are milquetoast motherfuckers educating noobs to be milquetoast motherfuckers and anything that is not a milquetoast motherfucker lacks compliance and submission to the principles of milquetoast motherfuckerism.

    Fuck modern higher education.

  25. We’ve finally achieved the Tolerance Singularity.

    Since any depiction or description of racism/sexism/whateverism can “trigger” some idiot, and

    Every attack racism/sexism/whateverism must depict or describe it, and

    Since anything that triggers some idiot should be banned, then

    Any attack on racism/sexism/whateverism should be banned.

    1. So the ban hammer has left millions of online gaming servers and entered mainstream education. Wonderful. Thank you interwebs.

  26. the display went up was a designated public forum, and “in such areas, the university may not practice viewpoint discrimination … No matter how abhorrent it might be to segments of the university community, the work of art is protected by the First Amendment.

    But everywhere else the 1st amendment is toilet paper.

  27. You either have to think that the left are intentionally trying to destroy the education system, or they really are insane.

    1. the left are intentionally trying to destroy the education system, or they really are insane.

      Yes.

      1. “We did it before, and we can do it again!”. What ad was that?

        1. Double rolls of toilet paper?

  28. “I would follow the lead of every European nation and ban this type of speech.”

    Yeah, because fucking Europe is the fucking best at every fucking thing in the motherfucking fuck-world.

    #fuckEuroshippers

  29. So the university of Iowa finds racism so offensive that artistics statements against racism must be banned…hmmm…yeah that makes sense.

  30. So it’s not Congress shall make no law, … “abridging the freedom of speech, …” it’s “abridging the freedom of *non-offensive* speech …”. How did we overlook that for the last 200+ years?

  31. “….but he will be making a formal apology. ”

    “I am sorry that I came to this institution of pussies in order to pursue my academic career. I hereby resign.”

    1. In your wildest dreams!!! But yes, I agree… And I wish that ALL Guv-Mint Almighty (or darn near every one of them) would enjoin him in that particular proclamation…

  32. Wow…if my wife (a native Iowan) wasn’t so hot in the sack I would leave her over this.

  33. This is a DIRECT contradiction to their statement that they abhor racism! They literally sent the DIRECT OPPOSITE message to students by banning an ART yes omg I called it ART piece that stands against racism! And then even are making the artist apologize for creating it! So, which is it UI? you can’t have it both ways AND condemn free speech.. As for me and my house, we would never attend your blatantly obviously racial University. You shame the University System.

  34. The poor, unclear writing quality on display in parts of this and many other articles is frustrating. Reason needs better proofreaders and editors.

  35. How sad. Since graduating from the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism in 1979, I have watched with growing dismay the trend toward censorship on America’s college campuses. But no story on that topic involving the UI ever reached me, so I a came to believe that my alma mater was above such nonsense. School is more than just a place where academic subjects are taught. It’s where we develop the life-coping skills we use in adulthood — including the skill of dealing with offensive, unpleasant or hateful speech and ideas. By shielding students from anything that might offend them, universities are doing them a disservice, because they are denying those students the opportunity to develop that skill. I’m not a rich man, but I have over the years given small contributions to the School of Journalism. I don’t think I will in the future as long as the school’s director believes the United States should adopt anti-hate speech laws.

    William Kirkham,
    MA in Journalism from Iowa 1979

    p.s. A correction to the Reason story: The Gazette is a newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The campus newspaper is The Daily Iowan.

  36. Ive been 8 credit hours shy of a degree for years. storiea like this are why i am proud to remain, and will remain, a college dropout.

  37. So if one removes anti-racist messages because it’s “offensive”, does that mean they are trying not to offend racists?

    1. Well played!

  38. “You find it offensive? I find it funny, that’s why I’m happier than you.”

    http://www.someecards.com/user…..I1ZGJjYTI0

  39. Socialist bigots thrive in socialist institutions.

  40. Educational establishment are so worried about racism and non-racism that they just forget about their main aim. Ok, this topic is very important and we should try to protect students of all nationalities but the things are exaggerated nowadays. What also happens is that teachers give assignment to write another paper about equality and rights but students are just bored with them and apply to essay writing uk company for help. It is only the example but the fact is that we need other methods to cope with the problem.

  41. Clueless, mostly clueless. Dangerous they are.

  42. Boston University would ban it as a terrifying depiction of a pointy headed intellectual.

    Boston College would order it burned on the spot for dissing the Spanish Inquisition., and

    Harvard Law school would sue the artist for violating Ghostbusters III’s Scary Statue copyright.

  43. My Friends. As many of you have noticed and reacted that the majority of the mainstream media are focusing on news that can be easily accepted and consumed by the public. Since December 5 I have been fighting in many different arenas as a human-rights activist, artist and as a progressive educator. From the very beginning this incident one of the most strongest proofs of the deep rooted failure in our education system as in many aspects from academic freedom to diversity on university campuses. I believe that these continuous dialogues must be stronger and these issues must be addressed to the rule/makers. The problem is that I am not sure whether the authoruty will take our responses seriously. I believe as long as we keep our voice loud and clear we may have a chance to bring positive societal/academic changes. I still hope and will keep on hoping and believing what I have been doing as an artist and an activist. Thank you for your support. -Serhat

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