Law school dean: Disrupting free speech event was free speech

Law school dean: Disrupting free speech event was free speech

[Ed. – Not all ‘free speech’ is created equal.]

The dean of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law is defending protesters who disrupted a speaking event by aggressively heckling a conservative professor.

As previously reported by Campus Reform, Josh Blackman, a law professor from the South Texas College of Law Houston, was invited to speak on “the importance of free speech” by the CUNY Federalist Society.

When Blackman arrived, however, he was met with protesters who prevented him from speaking for the first eight minutes of his speech, shouting things like “legal objectivity is a myth” and “he’s a white supremacist.”

While an administrator told the protesters at the time that the the university’s rules state that “you may not keep anyone from speaking,” CUNY Law Dean Mary Lu Bilek took a much laxer tone in an email to Inside Higher Ed, saying that the relatively short duration of the protest made it acceptable.

“For the first eight minutes of the 70-minute event, the protesting students voiced their disagreements,” Bilek reported. “The speaker engaged with them. The protesting students then filed out of the room, and the event proceeded to its conclusion without incident.”

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