In an earlier post I discussed the appropriateness of using a campus police department to criminally investigate ignorant comments posted on a social media site.
Well, if you have been following the sheer lunacy going on at the University of Missouri, then you will know that their university police department sent out the email posted above.
I wish I was joking but this is not a joke. It is, instead, dangerous. Yes, DANGEROUS.
We do not hire police, even campus police, to hunt down people who use “hurtful” speech. Not only is it a waste of police time and resources, the implications are staggering.
In our book we talk about the soft authoritarianism found in the American progressive movement. The warning signs, however, are now telling us that something more ominous is awakening. Soft authoritarianism is morphing into something much more potent and something much more militant.
That such a monster is emerging on our college campuses is disgraceful. That is is occurring under the umbrella of “social justice” or “diversity” is all the more repugnant.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology