The policy, mandated by the legislature, provides for punishment for protesters who disrupt others at public universities. The state chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the American Civil Liberties Union said the policy could chill dissent.
The NAACP says the lack of historically black universities among the participating schools in the teaching fellows program has a ‘discriminatory effect.’ N.C. A&T State University was the only historically black school to apply for the program. Strict selection criteria are set out in legislation.
“All speech is free, but some speech is more free than others.” This seems to be the motto of the current members of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors and their General Assembly backers. Like the dictatorial pigs in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” — who declared “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” — the board is putting a noble veneer on self-serving and disingenuous arguments.
The leader of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University will speak to the UNC Board of Governors on Dec. 15 about the possibility of a similar center at UNC-Chapel Hill.