Campus Free Speech

Activist Students Demand Sarah Lawrence College Punish a Conservative Professor for Expressing His Views

"The College must issue a statement condemning the harm that Abrams has caused to the college community, specifically queer, Black, and female students."

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A group of activist students at Sarah Lawrence College calling themselves the Diaspora Coalition have released a long list of demands after occupying the campus's main administrative building for 24 hours.

One of these demands concerns Samuel Abrams, a tenured professor of politics. Abrams is conservative-leaning, and has complained about the ideological bias of leftist administrators in a New York Times op-ed. Last November, his office door was vandalized by unknown persons who wanted him to apologize to marginalized students and quit the college.

Now the Diaspora Coalition is demanding that Sarah Lawrence review Abrams' tenure. The review should be conducted by a panel consisting of members of—you guessed it—the Diaspora Coalition, as well as faculty members of color.

"In addition, the College must issue a statement condemning the harm that Abrams has caused to the college community, specifically queer, Black, and female students," the demands continue. The college must also apologize "for its refusal to protect marginalized students wounded by his op-ed and the ignorant dialogue that followed. Abrams must issue a public apology to the broader SLC community and cease to target Black people, queer people, and women."

At least 25 Sarah Lawrence professors stand by the demands, which include a variety of additional progressive goals, according to the campus' activist publication, The Phoenix.

The college did not respond to a request for comment. Abrams was underwhelmed by the college's previous statements regarding his free speech rights when his office door was vandalized, and is certainly not impressed now.

"The College had a chance to take the lead and serve as an national example in terms of how to have civil debates and disagreement and discuss facts and how they differ from opinions," Abrams told me via email. "Sadly, the school did not come out strongly on academic freedom and free speech and this behavior runs against the core values of the College itself."

Sarah Lawrence President Cristle Collins Judd has evidently agreed to meet with the demonstrators. One of their demands, of course, is that no action be taken to discipline them.

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111 responses to “Activist Students Demand Sarah Lawrence College Punish a Conservative Professor for Expressing His Views

  1. Professor Abrams should take comfort in the fact that eventually progressive profs who step over the line will get theirs. After all, even a “giant” like Deng Xiao Ping endured being paraded around in a dunce hat.

    1. Whoever steps over the line, whatever his views, should be punished severely, particularly if the views in question are “expressed” in inappropriate manners that harm the reputation of a faculty administrator or the members of any group in the community. See the documentation of our nation’s leading criminal “satire” case at:

      https://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

      1. One of these days I might actually click that.

        1. I clicked on it once. It was a moment on the internet I’ll never have back.

          1. I clicked it. Literally a waste of electrons and photons.

            1. Efforts should certainly be undertaken to prevent such material from coming to the eyes of students, and above all from being archived in any of our great nation’s libraries; surely a digital wall needs to be created, to make sure the boundaries are clear.

              1. You’re a prime example of how to make even a good cause become a PITA.

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                2. Shocking! But I do take cheer in the thought that you agree with me on the need for firm criminal punishments for those who perpetrate inappropriate “speech” that can damage the reputations of certain highly respected faculty members here at NYU, to say nothing of the protections due to vulnerable and sensitive groups everywhere in America.

                  1. “But I do take cheer in the thought that you agree with me on the need for firm criminal punishments for those who perpetrate inappropriate “speech” that can damage the reputations of certain highly respected faculty members here at NYU, to say nothing of the protections due to vulnerable and sensitive groups everywhere in America.”

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  2. “At least 25 Sarah Lawrence professors stand by the demands, which include a variety of additional progressive goals, according to the campus’ activist publication, The Phoenix.”

    And that is how it goes…when the struggle sessions ensue.

    1. These children do not belong in University. They will live their lives accomplishing nothing and just acting as useful idiots for those who want to control you.

      They literally are acting like spoiled fucking brats, and their parents should be ashamed of themselves for raising such horrible little twerps.

      1. Are you talking about the students in the “Diaspora Coalition”, or the 25 faculty members?

          1. Your snarky comment underscores the real issue here.

            The kids…. Well, they are just kids. They are not fully formed yet. They are going to say and do stupid things.

            But the professors… Not only are they adults, they are supposed to be educators, providing guidance on how to be productive members of society. Instead they provide support for the temper tantrums of a toddler.

            Were I the administrator in charge of this school, I would dismiss every one of the idiots who signed on to such an ill-conceived document.

            1. And yet, these “kids” are old enough to vote, enlist in the military, own firearms in most states, et cetera.

              I feel like we as a society need to closely examine the definitions of “adult” and “kid”.

            2. I wasn’t this much of a retard when I was their age. Also, they very much would have been considered ADULTS at almost all points in history before the last couple decades. People really haven’t fully, fully, fully, grown up by their late teens/early 20s… But they should be one hell of a lot farther along than acting like spoiled 8 year olds by then.

              1. My point is that this looks a lot like the genesis of an American Cultural Revolution. All this little dicks and pussies need is a leader to implore them to embark on a great leap forward to root out impurity and purge the ranks.

              2. Also, they very much would have been considered ADULTS at almost all points in history before the last couple decades.

                Disagree. ‘Adults’ by numerical chronology? Sure. But prior to the recent era (even up to the last several decades) that was hardly the common or reasonable method. ‘Adults’ in that they mastered their trade, severed fiscal ties with their parents, got married, had kids, bought their own homestead, and started their businesses or professions? Fuck no.

    2. “Now’s our chance to stick it to Abrams! I call his parking spot!”

    3. Those 25 professors should be rounded up and put in a detention facility until sedition charges can be put together.

      They need to go.

  3. BOTH SIDES are bad, you guys.

    BOTH sides.

    Totally BOTH sides.

    1. Why won’t he write what I want?

      wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      Why?

      wahhhhhhhhhhhh

      1. Do you think that the Afro / Nappy Haired Diaspora Coalition would spare you?

        1. I’d bet the coalition is overwhelmingly white in complexion.

          1. From their own website; undergrad=75% white, grad=77% white.

            1. Specifically the percentages are not-of-colour students. I am a bigot assuming the are spoiled lily white brats.

            2. Specifically the percentages are not-of-colour students. I am a bigot assuming the are spoiled lily white brats.

            3. Specifically the percentages are not-of-colour students. I am a bigot assuming the are spoiled lily white brats.

              1. So bigoted you said it the times. Or the squirrels are the bigots.

            4. Lest we forget: White race includes Hispanic/Latino, Arab, Jew, as well as others of European descent.

        2. I don’t have access to your Klan-filitered fever dreams so I have no idea what you are talking about.

          1. You’re way less entertaining and intelligent than the original CJ.

              1. Race realism, negro grievance fatigue = Klan-filtered fever dreams.

                HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

                1. What are we laughing about?

  4. Kids these days didn’t have my 8th grade civics teacher, who was middle-of-the-road and instilled a sense of pride in traditions of free speech. We were taught that the Skokie trial was a good landmark case. That ideas that we hate most are the ones most in need of protecting. Oh well. I suppose I welcome our new Black queer overlords. It’s better than what we got now.

    1. I’m trying to figure out what the smallest college outrage is we can find?

      1. The ones that make the most noise would be a good place to start looking.

      2. The smallest outrage? Being forced to pay to tuition. Followed closely by having people in a class who really want to learn something spoiling the snowflakes’ decision to stage protests in the classrooms.

    2. Haha, that’s what the serfs probably thought before the Commies took over in Russia.

  5. A dumb student make demand. So what? Demands are cheap. Demands are on sale for a penny a dozen. Just because someone has a demand does not compell others to take their demands seriously. Fuck demands.

    What is it about the current college generation that they think merely demanding something demands [sic] respect? How the fuck did their parents raise them?

    1. A dumb student make demand. So what? Demands are cheap. Demands are on sale for a penny a dozen. Just because someone has a demand does not compell others to take their demands seriously. Fuck demands.

      It was learned from hijackers in the 1970s.

    2. The administration has met with these dumb students twice already. Those dumb students seem to find their way into college administrations.

      1. The protestors are tools of the administration, who openly collaborate with them.

        That’s the way the Left always goes. Collaborating as law enforcement and law breakers. In this case, protest theater, when it’s simply the ruling class ruling.

      2. These students should be met with private security wielding nightsticks. The lesson they will learn is that despite the monicker, they can, in fact, be used equally well during the day.

  6. “One of their demands, of course, is that no action be taken to discipline them.”

    Of course.

    Were I the college President I would be strongly tempted to meet with them publicly and say, “On of your demands has been that you suffer no consequences of your actions. This would be an easy demand to grant, if I felt no responsibility to the college, the community, and to you. But I would serve you badly to teach you that making outrageous demands of society had no cost. Each and every one of you is expelled. You have one week to remove yourselves and your belongings from college property, after which you will be subject to arrest for trespassing.”

    1. Tell them to leave or have them arrested for tresspassing. They need to learn that actions have consiquences before they do something that causes serious harm to themselves or others.

    2. Expulsion might be tough. Their left-wing actress mother might have ponied up some hefty bribes to get baby admitted to Sarah Lawrence.

      No refunds!

    3. Or something along the lines of

      Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    4. The president should tell them she might have some respect for them if they were willing to be punished for taking their stand.

      Not necessarily a lot. But some.

      And yeah, then expel them all. If you can’t deal with people who disagree with you, you don’t belong in college. Admission revoked.

  7. Its called tresspassing. The solution to this is to bring out the police and let them give their list of demands to the country jailer or the magistrate judge. There is absolutely no excuse for colleges tolerating this kind of criminality.

    1. Whiter campus life of Animal House, Nerds, and Back to School?

      1. Whiter campus life of Animal House, Nerds, and Back to School?

        If Animal House was an instructional video, there sure were a wide array of vague instructions with repeated acknowledgement of punishment for any given set of actions. Punishments including expulsion, arrest, and even being killed by your own platoon in Vietnam.

  8. “The College must issue a statement condemning the harm that Abrams has caused to the college community, specifically queer, Black, and female students.”

    Here is the statement: Fuck you!

    1. No, that would only encourage them. The best response is simple.

      “What harm has he caused? Meaningful, actual adverse effects, please.”
      When they come back with a list of trivialities or imaginary offenses, send them a legal dictionary with the phrase circled and an article detailing the problems of being homeless. Then ask whether their presumed crimes meet one definition and are deserving of the other.

      The problem that these people have is that they are stating that hurt feelings are enough of a harm to warrant a person being fired and blacklisted. Sometimes it’s even hurt feelings by theoretical people. They have to realize for themselves how much they are asking for and how ridiculously small these effects actually are.

  9. These activists do not belong in University.

  10. Cristle Collins Judd? Cristle? Is that a typo? Does it rhyme with gristle? Is she the gristled love child of Judy and Naomi?

    1. That name tells you all you need to know.

      “Crystal” would be bad enough. “Cristle” is just rubbing the SJW juice in your face.

      1. Sounds more like a trailer-trash sort of name to me.

        1. Sounds more like a trailer-trash sort of name to me.

          And “Cristle” sounds like the even trashier version.

          Related!

      2. I don’t think it’s pronounced the same. It’s more like gristle.

  11. I can’t wait until they change the name to Free Helicopter Ride University…

  12. Can someone explain what fifty years of shame means? At least it’s pretty honest about what emotional appeal it’s making.

    1. IMHO; it appears that they are ashamed of MLK and what he accomplished.

  13. which include a variety of additional progressive goals

    #3 on their list of “Demands”

    all campus laundry rooms are to supply laundry detergent and softener on a consistent basis for all students, faculty, and staff

    tres progressive

    1. Yes but whitening agents, whether bleach or non, are racist.

    2. No one should have to choose between dinner and not smelling like a vent man.

    3. Free fabric softener. That was my favorite demand. That’s when you know you are dealing with the real vanguard, the champions of the proletariat. In fact, some have argued that the real reason why the Soviet Union finally collapsed was due to insufficiently softened laundry.

      1. “” some have argued that the real reason why the Soviet Union finally collapsed was due to insufficiently softened laundry.””

        Im glad to see my dissertation has not gone un-cited

      2. Have you felt a Abercrombie t-shirt without softener? It’s almost like a regular t-shirt! Unlivable,I tell you!

      3. I’ve never used fabric softener… It’s for pussies! Regular clothes are fine. Also, I’ve always assumed it must do something to jack up your clothes if it changes the way they feel anyway!

      4. I thought the collapse was due to insufficiently soft toilet paper. Too many paper cuts to too many asses!

    4. At least it’s a practical demand, I’m sure the sensitivity training is in there somewhere, but the detergent and fabric softener is real world.

      The demand after that is probably that the professor does everyone’s laundry for the 10 year re-education program, in between self criticism sessions.

      1. The only protest I ever saw on campus that ever had any effect back when I was in college was when someone did the math and realized the Campus Taco Bell was actually charging more for its combo meals than the individual items cost. There was a minor hubbub and a sign saying “Beware the even numbered combos”, and the prices were brought down to reasonable levels.

        Small, reasonable demands are often met. Big huge demands get you ignored.

    5. After reading as much of their “Demands” as I could, I’m willing to bet that SLC does not have an engineering school.

  14. Idiot students think. . . Know. .. it’s fine, just fine to ruin a person’s life over free speech and viewpoints. They are already destroyed. I suppose misery does indeed love company. Take everyone down to our misery and torment. Bet they have never had to write 10 pages of compare and contrast on any topic.

  15. The Nazis are coming! The Nazis are coming!

  16. I was wounded by an op-ed once. Broken bones can heal eventually, but some scars are eternal.

  17. “after occupying the campus’s main administrative building for 24 hours.”

    Trespassers are what the police are for. If the Administration choose not to prosecute, they are collaborators.

  18. Charge them with trespassing. Reject their demands with a curt comment explaining the college does not submit to mobs and does not censor.

  19. So you want a kangaroo court stacked against a man you don’t agree with huh? How can that even sound fair to anyone but an ignorant fool.

  20. Shrieking dye jobs, soy boys, outrage officers, the perpetually offended, bed wetters, professional students, PoS PoCs, numpties, vegofascists, PETA pukes, tenured seat warmers, “studies” graduates, face criminologists, grandstanders, turd polishers and social media lynch mobsters.

  21. Shrieking dye jobs, soy boys, outrage officers, the perpetually offended, bed wetters, professional students, PoS PoCs, numpties, vegofascists, PETA pukes, tenured seat warmers, “studies” graduates, face criminologists, grandstanders, turd polishers and social media lynch mobsters.

  22. This is just bizarre outrage aimed at this professor. I read his op-ed. There was absolutely nothing hurtful in it. He just made a point that college administrators are overwhelmingly progressive.

    Shouldn’t the progressives celebrate that fact? Why punish the messenger?

    There is something very weird about this. Like it’s the administration wagging the students. I don’t see how any group could get this legitimately upset by what the professor wrote.

    Could it be revenge for something else that isn’t in this story?

  23. Considering universities are meant to educate and prepare students for a career, it is my opinion that these universities should be run on a more professional basis, just more relaxed. As such, students should be taught that their university is a place of work and that certain things are expected of them, including a code of conduct. The behaviour of these students goes way beyond what I and many others class as reasonable or professional.
    How are these students going to cope in the real world if they think they simply have to demand things and get their own way
    I would give them just one warning to stop and get back to classes or be expelled and removed forcibly.

  24. This kind of madness can’t continue for much longer I don’t think… It’s just getting too ridiculous.

    1. It’s worth sticking around to find out, no?

      Seriously, I have to wonder if this is just overly pampered brats who will throw tantrums throughout their miserable lives or the beginnings of an American cultural revolution. I suppose if they had the “right” leader to tell them to make a great flying leap forward, would they follow? Probably not, too much work and discomfort for such pampered souls, But there are other thugs out there who would gladly take that direction. As always.

  25. The New York Times piece by this conservative professor was interesting.

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  27. I love reading all of the various commentators various ideas, and enjoy politics and all that , and while not trying to put down anyone for having a political science major, or some such other impractical degree, it seems like those subjects seem to have forgotten the entire point of their existence. Luckily in the maths and sciences, nobody is protesting when those teachers actually teach their subjects! In the USA, we don’t nearly have enough “hard” majors, because we are too lazy as a nation. Students pick studies that they think are easy, and then carry that attitude forward, which is how this crap results. I do know some very smart people who are hard working and intellectually honest in the liberal arts, but I know just as many who seem to take pride in how little effort they exerted in college. Lazy is as lazy does.

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  29. Change the first sentence to read, “A group of spoiled brats ….”

  30. From their list of demands it sounds like a lot of the students are going hungry. Maybe because the tuition is so high?

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  33. Finally got around to replying to this article. All I have to say is that for the future of the US (and probably mankind), we are fucked. I read both the Op-Ed and the “demands”. Really, they are just trying to use the professor as a scapegoat to turn their college into a socialist breeding ground. I actually hope that the college concedes to the student’s demands on most of their request. Mainly because I want these kids to miserably fail in life once they get into the real world after college and find out that this isn’t how life actually works. I would prefer that people like this weren’t the ones making decisions about my future going into retirement years.

    And on a side note, based on the figures for this school, I would bet that most of the students making the “demands” are white and come from a middle class. This way they can say they gave it the “old college try” and but if it fails, it wont affect their lives one damn bit.

  34. This report takes me back to the good old days at Oberlin, University of Michigan, and other similar institutions. I read someplace that there is nothing new under the sun, and it seems it may be true.

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  36. I agree, and the college should issue condemnations of all the liberal, leftist bullshit that the rest of the faculty imposes on the students and community.

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