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    EmmaApr 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    We absolutely should not give white supremacy a platform to speak and your claim that there’s no real moral standard or whatever because everyone has different ideas of morality is bs. There is absolutely absolutely a line to draw and it’s very telling that people refuse to do it. Letting people spread their message and giving them a platform is supporting them, even if there are protesters. It’s also giving others a chance to join them and spread more hate.

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    Joshua AnayaApr 24, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    I appreciate the time you took to read my article and to articulate such a thorough response. Additionally, I don’t wish to put words in your mouth by writing what I am.
    I think the viewpoint you are taking in this article is horribly privileged, bigoted, and minimizing to the standards that universities should uphold for their students.
    Championing diversity should not include “ideological disparity,” as one side of the ideological spectrum victimizes the diverse communities even you take time to mention (gender and sexual minorities, Black and Indigenous POC, working-class people, etc). My “smug, entitled, leftism” is out of a respect and solidarity for these people on and off campus.
    Secondly, you mention the U.S. Constitution and the right to free speech. While I don’t deny that as a right to people here in the states, I want to outline some of the inalienable human rights outlined by United Nations Covenants that apply to people across the world, that May openly broke. These include the right to a decent existence, decent housing, education, culture, equality, nondiscrimination, and the right to peace. I would argue that drone strikes, mass deportation, housing denials, and the defunding of healthcare are sufficient examples of these rights being forcefully stripped away from people.
    I am not taking away May’s right to free speech. I am simply exercising my own.
    Whatever “dialogue” May sparked on campus was only fueled by her previous hateful acts against communities that we are privileged to consider “diverse.” Her presence on Trinity’s campus signaled not an exposure to new ideas, but a threat to students who might be low-income, LGBTQ+, or a part of a racial minority that May’s policies would have gladly hurt without hesitation.
    Finally, I am not the one who needs to “deepen my tolerance.” My standards of “morality” only exist because of the suffering that my friends and family members have faced under similar rhetorics as hers. Trinity itself is founded off of slave labor and the exploitation of indigenous land. Whatever standards of unorthodox “morality” you hope to see are those that have historically sought to exterminate the communities whose land we stand on. It is out of privilege that students at Trinity are able to see May’s speech as “further enriching their campus experience” rather than as a symbol of hatred.
    Please take this all into account when thinking about the “sacred, enshrined” duty of our university. I am not here as someone looking to expand my viewpoints on racism and imperialism. I won’t silence myself to make space for her, or anyone else that has threatened me and my community.

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      EmmaApr 24, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      Additionally, “free speech” thing protects you from our government. If you get attacked by someone for saying something, the charges aren’t about the attack being unconstitutional, it’s that it’s an “unsolicited” attack/not in self-defense.
      Basically: talk shit, get hit is CONSTITUTIONALLY LEGAL as long as you’re not acting on the part of our government.

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      Richard FerraraApr 26, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Joshua, I got lost in your reply to Gabriel. Your response was diluted and rambling. I appreciate your intellect but you need more years to see both sides of the discussion as does Gabriel.

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