If colleges are indeed training the nation’s future leaders, America is doomed. On Sunday, the Daily Caller reported that Rohini Sethi, a student government leader at the University of Houston, was suspended and ordered to diversity training for engaging in the heinous act of free speech. In this case, the offensive speech was a Facebook post that read, “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter.”
The post, according to the report, was made shortly after the July 7 Dallas police shootings.
According to the Daily Caller:
“Just for her to say, ‘forget Black Lives Matter,’ is a punch in the stomach,” student Nala Hughes told a local press outlet at the time.
Sethi serves as the vice president of UH’s student government association (SGA), and several UH students demanded her immediate removal.
As it turns out, it’s not that easy to remove a member of the student government, so the good tyrants at the University of Houston found a way to extract their pound of flesh.
The Daily Caller added:
Instead of going through that arduous process, the student senate approved a measure giving SGA president Shane Smith exceptional one-time powers to punish Sethi as he saw fit. In response, Smith released a letter Friday outlining a set of five punishments for Sethi. The punishments include:
- A 50-day suspension from SGA starting August 1. This suspension will be unpaid (she currently receives a stipend of about $700 a month).
- A requirement to attend a three-day diversity workshop in mid-August.
- A requirement to attend three “UH cultural events” each month from September through March, excluding December.
- An order to write a “letter of reflection” about how her harmful actions have impacted SGA and the UH student body
- An order to put on a public presentation Sept. 28 detailing “the knowledge she has gained about cultural issues facing our society.”
Naturally, if Sethi fails to abide by any of these requirements, she will be kicked out of SGA altogether.
In my day, we’d tell despots like Smith what he could do with his unconstitutional order.
According to Smith, the punishment was harsh because Sethi failed to understand how heinous it is to say that all lives matter.
“Since her original post, I have not felt that she has understood or respected how her actions have affected the people around her, as well as the reputation of SGA and the university,” he said.
He wasn’t finished, however.
“The first amendment [sic] prevents a person from being jailed by the government for what they say. But [it] does not prevent people from receiving other consequences for what they say,” he added.
What’s next? Jail time and firing squads for saying all lives matter?
Maybe the school should change its motto to something more appropriate, like, “training tomorrow’s despots today.” They can even have a choice of either wearing black or brown shirts…
Cross posted from Conservative Firing Line