Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003  

What Part Of "Free Speech" Don't You Get Department: Mike Adams is an associate professor at UNC-Wilmington who tried a little "experiment on diversity and tolerance" that has blossomed into something more:

First, I placed a "Clinton/Gore '96" sticker prominently on my office door to see if anyone would take offense. After two years without any complaints, I decided to replace the sticker with one that said "George W. Bush for President." Within a few weeks I heard reports from two faculty members and one staff member saying that someone was preparing to file a complaint about the Bush sticker.

. . . I decided it was time to let the faculty in on my little experiment. I did this by sending an e-mail to everyone in the building which began as follows: "You have all been involved in an experiment in tolerance which, unfortunately, some of you have failed . . ."
Since then, Adams has turned his door into a "free speech zone," inviting students to put their own bumper stickers on it. Thus, he has "gay pride" messages juxtaposed with "Heterophobia is a social disease" and the "Vagina Monologues" next to a picture of Saddam Hussein.

Link from Mike at Cold Fury.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:25 AM
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