Skip to comments.Princeton professor of 'free speech' class uses N-word. Class cancelled for semester
Posted on 02/13/2018 11:41:48 AM PST by Personal Responsibility
Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography, a course on freedom of expression at Princeton University has been reluctantly cancelled, Professor Lawrence Rosen informed his students in an email obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Rosens email, sent at 2:07 p.m. on February 12, went on to say I think it only fair that you be free, before too much of the semester has passed, to move ahead in another course of your choosing.
Last week Prof. Rosen received national attention for using the N-word in this class on freedom of expression. Some students walked out and protested the terms use. One report, cited in Princetons main campus newspaper, says that Rosen asked, What is worse, a white man punching a black man, or a white man calling a black man a n****r? And when Rosen was met with disagreement of his use of the N-word, and on his continued use of the term in the academic setting, he said, he would use it, if I think its necessary.
Why was the course cancelled? Rosens email to students didnt give specifics, other than that his decision had been reluctant. Calls and emails to Rosen went unreturned. Michael Hotchkiss of Princetons Office of Communications told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the courses cancelling was Professor Rosens decision, and there was no pressure from the University.
One student in the class tells TWS that he believes the courses cancelling may have had something to do with an interaction that happened about halfway through the first seminar. A male student of color stood up, inches from professor Rosens face and shouted FUCK YOU, this witness claimed. Just before that, a female student of color had shouted at Rosen, as the first was approaching, do you feel safe right now. There was no physical contact, this witness claims, though at the time the student feared there might be. During that class, nobody except Rosen defended Rosen, the student told me. Another student in the class confirmed this account to TWS.
The courses objectives, as Carolyn Rouse, chair of Princetons Department of Anthropology explained in defense of Rosen, was to have students, be able to argue why hate speech should or should not be protected using an argument other than because it made me feel bad. Now that Anthropology 212 has been cancelled, Princeton students have learned a powerful lesson about free speech, though perhaps not the one Rosen intended.
"Doctor, it seems this course is dead" "Yes Nurse, cause of death: Irony"
Its always fun when Libealism blows up in a liberals face
Good thing he wasn’t reading Mark Twain’s “Life On The Mississippi” - he would have been torched.
“because it made me feel bad” is all the current cupcakes need to freak out..... although I admit that I would never try this prof’s little “experiment” in class with speaking the “N-word”..... I think the outcome was predictable. Some people just could not handle discussion of the term, even though it peppers rap and hip hop songs all the time. They don’t demand that the rappers all be banned, but they demand that a professor be banned for trying to have an academic discussion.
Still, one would hope that people could make the distinction between “using” an offensive term against specific person(s) versus trying to have an academic discussion of what the word is, how it is significant, etc. Obviously, Ivy League cupcakes at Princeton cannot have such a discussion.
There’s always “Blazing Saddles”....
I think you mean ‘libelism’. ;-)
But I thought Bart was hung in that movie.
Or the original, non-PC version of “Huckleberry Finn” (if you can find one).
‘Good thing he wasnt reading Mark Twains Life On The Mississippi - he would have been torched.’
The prof should have started with singing Kanye Wests beloved rap song Gold Digger.
The cupcakes have taken over the bakery...
Oh, I was just watching something where they were making a contemporary movie of Life on the Mississippi, and they got around the problem by just calling him N-Word Jim.
No plan survives first contact with the enemy...
But I thought Bart was hung in that movie.”
“It’s twue, it’s twue....”.
Seems to me, given the objectives, this would have been a worthy class.
Honestly, I am not dwelling on the irony, which is rich, but...I think it would have been interesting and useful.
“Hi Class. Today we are going to discuss Freedom of Speech. Who can think of a word that cannot be said in public? Anyone? Anyone? Come on. Nobody can think of a word you can’t say in public? How about ****? How about ******? Why can’t I say those words, other than ‘It makes someone feel bad’?”
Student heads explode. One student jumps up and runs out of the class to tell the Dean.
I am serious. I think this would have been great. And useful.
This class was needed by the students, and still is.
Most schools talk a good game about tolerance and open mindedness, until you actually take them up on it.
Now, your post made me laugh!
IMHO, the cause was the Admissions Office letting in less-than-prepared and/or qualified students unwilling to face reality.
I think many blacks derive a sense of power or superiority (dare I say priviledge?) from being able to do with impunity something whites are absolutely forbidden to do (N word). All the black complaining over the years and doing so little to improve their lot has broken my give-a-damn.
Free Speech is not free in America.
I hope they offered these students consoling.
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