Emboldened student protesters demand IN WRITING to end FREE SPEECH

Add Massachusetts’ Amherst College to the list of schools joining the uprising to protest perceived racial injustice, and demanding punishment for people who express themselves in a non-liberal, progressive way.

Among the demands of the students, known as “Amherst Uprising,” who commandeered the school’s library all night Thursday and into Friday, are the abolishing of First Amendment rights on campus as posted on its Amherst Soul website.

President Martin must issue a statement to the Amherst College community at large that states we do not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the “All Lives Matter” posters, and the “Free Speech” posters that stated that “in memoriam of the true victim of the Missouri Protests: Free Speech.” Also let the student body know that it was racially insensitive to the students of color on our college campus and beyond who are victim to racial harassment and death threats; alert them that Student Affairs may require them to go through the Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.

President Martin must issue a statement of support for the revision of the Honor Code to reflect a zero-tolerance policy for racial insensitivity and hate speech.

As with other recent uprisings, the students demanded a “safe space” to discuss the uprising in classes and commanded the school’s President Biddy Martin to issue an “apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latin racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism.”

Social media had plenty to say to the Amherst students, and none of it sounded like an apology.

Carmine Sabia

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