It is easier for the Free Speech Grifters to mock microaggressions and trigger warnings than to grapple with serious social-justice concepts. They do not debate New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’s extensive reporting on policies exacerbating racial segregation in housing and schools. Nor do they question why professor Michelle Alexander’s bestselling book on the criminal-justice system, The New Jim Crow, was banned in some prisons. When Sofie Karasek published a piece on reimagining the model for punishing campus sex crimes, the only murmurs were on the left. They give these voices a wide berth. Trying to work through some of the more complex issues of the day doesn’t get you an invite on The Rubin Report or a two-in-one month on Real Time with Bill Maher. The Free Speech Grifters were silent when Maya Wiley, the Social Justice SVP at the New School, made news for the humanity she showed toward Sam Nunberg during his six-hour media meltdown over an FBI subpoena. It didn’t fit the narrative of social-justice incivility for their canned opinion pieces, which are always good for a retweet.
Mari Uyehara on what gets noticed.
This is a piece on those media personalities and Twitter commentators who always seem to pop out of the woodwork to handwring over “free speech” whenever college students try and no-platform fascists… but are surprisingly quiet on issues of actual free speech violations.