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A letter signed by 27 faculty members supporting President Judd's "defense of academic freedom, free speech, and mutual respect" went out late yesterday. Judd stood by Sam Abrams' "right to publish his work" after his op-ed got negative attention on campus this October.
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blandness can sizzle Dec 15
Replying to @SLCPhoenix
Is she going to sign a letter defending women’s justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and Black Lives Matter on campus, which Sam directly attacked in this opinion piece? 🤔🤔🤔🤔
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Isaac Lichtenstein Dec 24
Did he directly attack those things? Or just suggest that other (non-contradictory) events could also exist on campus? Besides, she already affirmed as much in her email.
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Wulukaya Mar 12
He did not attack those things. That's a gross misrepresentation.
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Call Your Mother Mar 13
Replying to @SLCPhoenix
If possible, please post a typed list of the faculty members who signed off
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blandness can sizzle Mar 20
Sam wrote that he was "disconcerted" by an event promoting "Black Lives Matter and justice for women as well as for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and allied people," bemoaning that there were no events promoting an "ideological alternative"
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blandness can sizzle Mar 20
What does Sam have in mind as an "ideological alternative" to such an event? Should the campus have programming advocating for police brutality against black people, or the suppression of women's and LGBTQ+ rights?
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Isaac Lichtenstein Mar 24
"I was taken aback by the college’s sponsorship of such a politically lopsided event." Look. I don't even like Sam Abrams. But what was disconcerting was clearly the lopsided nature of the events, not the fact that those topics were being promoted at all.
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Isaac Lichtenstein Mar 24
I can't say what ideological alternative he had in mind. But it was certainly not advocating FOR police brutality. But it isn't hard to imagine that someone might build their worldview off of something other than post-modernist intersectional identity politics, right?
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Isaac Lichtenstein Mar 24
It's about perspective. Viewing the world through power dynamics and identity is only one way of looking at it, and a limited one. You throw out the possibility of individual agency, free association, mutually beneficial trade and interpersonal contract.
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Isaac Lichtenstein Mar 24
One could imagine an ideological alternative involving advocacy for civic engagement, selflessness, and personal advocacy and responsibility, as well as personal protection. You know, the individual is the smallest minority, and all that.
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Isaac Lichtenstein Mar 24
It's about where you place your emphasis and put your time. Concentrating on identity and power leaves you blind to a myriad of other ways of looking at the world that are also worthwhile and empowering.
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blandness can sizzle Mar 25
Replying to @Epic5nailman
That’s a very generous interpretation. He could have said any of these things in the op ed or clarified after the fact. Instead he just whined about the mere existence of an event promoting the rights of marginalized identity groups.
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