It isn’t a stretch to think that Brenda Smith-Lezama didn’t think that appearing on MSNBC would result in her becoming nationally famous but that’s exactly what happened. In fact, her anti-First Amendment diatribe caught the attention of Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. As a result of this week’s student protests, Megyn Kelly invited Prof. Dershowitz onto her show to discuss what’s happening at the University of Missouri and at Yale University.
When Ms. Smith-Lezama said that she was “personally tired of hearing that first amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment for myself and for other students here,” it isn’t a stretch to think that she didn’t know that Prof. Dershowitz would disagree with her on national TV.
During the protest at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Smith-Lezama said “I personally am tired of hearing that First Amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment for myself and for other students here. I think that it’s important for us to create that distinction and create a space where we can all learn from one another and start to create a place of healing rather than a place where we are experiencing a lot of hate like we have in the past.”
Professor Dershowitz’ response was delivered with scalpel precision:
Well, these are the same people that claim they’re seeking diversity. The last thing any of these students want is real diversity, diversity of ideas. They want superficial diversity of gender, the superficial diversity of color but they don’t want diversity of ideas. We’re seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend over many college campuses. I don’t want to make analogies to the 1930s but we have to remember that it was the students at universities to start burning books during the Nazi regime and these students are book burners. They don’t want to hear diverse views on college campuses. When I went to speak at Johns Hopkins University, there were protests. It was said to that, because I didn’t acknowledge that Israel commits crimes against the Palestinians, I was harassing students and violating the ethical standards of Johns Hopkins University. By expressing my views, I’m harassing students. This has become a very serious problem, not just in American universities but in universities around the world, and it is influencing and having a terrible impact on the education of students.
He wasn’t finished there, though. Here’s the next exchange between Ms. Kelly and Prof. Dershowitz:
MEGYN KELLY: You have spent your lifetime in courtrooms and on college campuses, and one campus in particular, and it is an elite institution. When you go to college and, as my 100-year-old nanna would say when I went to school, you go and you express your freedom and you find your young adulthood and you want to do all sorts of things and you don’t want anyone getting up in your business but now, now they’re demanding that the school get up in everybody’s business and the freedom has to stop when it comes to words.
PROF DERSHOWITZ: This is the worst kind of hypocrisy. They want freedom over their sex lives, over their personal lives, over their use of drugs but they want Mommy and Daddy Dean and President to please give them a safe place to protect them from ideas that might be insensitive, that might make them think. But it’s a double standard. Look at what’s happening now at City University of New York. Students for Justice in Palestine issued a petition saying “Zionist administrators are causing high tuition” at the school. Zionist — you know what they mean. They mean Jews. Blatant anti-Semitism. Nobody says a word. When I spoke at Johns Hopkins University, some of the students, the same students that were talking about safe places, painted a Hitler mustache on my posters. No concern about that. It’s an absolute double standard. It’s ‘free speech for me but not for thee.’
These students have been exposed by Prof. Dershowitz as wanting everything their way. They’ve been exposed as boxers with glass jaws. Here’s hoping that these universities start standing up to these spoiled brat fascists. That’s right. Fascists. Here’s the partial definition of fascism:
a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism.
These student activists are doing everything within their power to suppress speech they don’t agree with. It’s time they noticed that the world doesn’t rotate around their whims and wishes.