Just in case you thought contempt for and ignorance of the First Amendment was endemic to the University of Oregon, the good folks at FIRE have bad news for you:
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and its student government have violated the First Amendment by freezing funds for 33 student media organizations, dissolving the student-run television station, and threatening to punish students involved in a controversy over a party invitation for an event called the “Compton Cookout.” Student government president Utsav Gupta has explained that his repressive actions were due to “fracturing of the student body on an issue” and “hateful speech.” Further, under pressure from state legislators who seek to punish protected speech, UCSD has launched “aggressive investigations” into the party invitation.
Yeah, the student government of UC San Diego actually shut down its student-run television station after it broadcast a defense of the controversial party. Student government president Utsav Gupta justified the decision by saying the broadcast was “deeply offensive and hurtful.” Gupta then said, “[W]e will only open [SRTV] again when we can be sure that such hateful content can never be aired again on our student funded TV station.”
Not to be overly dramatic, but do you know who else shuts down media they don’t like? Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This is the kind of road you go down when the government is allowed to decide what speech is wholesome and socially acceptable.
I’m usually fairly loathe to do this sort of thing, but … if you care about free speech, consider spreading the word about this travesty, writing a letter to UC San Diego or donating a little cash to FIRE, which battles this kind of illiberal lunacy on a daily basis.