- Jun 12, 2001
A lot of it seems justified. For example, if a college professor, for example, makes a completely unsupported statement that women are genetically inferior, and thus less intelligent, etc, and he has women students in his classes, then a full audit of his students' performance is warranted. And if it is determined that, all else being equal, he regularly grades his female students lower than his male students, then corrective action by the administration is absolutely justifiable. As would be almost any speech by the affected students and their sympathizers/supporters.Young activism is natural, how the administrators handle it (or join it to be politically correct) is where the rubber meets the road.
And please note, such action in that example would not be an attempt to silence that professor's speech, it is the consequences of his speech. He won't have broken any law, and he won't face any criminal punishments. It's not even "political correctness." He would simply face the consequences for refusing to do his job.
I would of the same opinion BTW if the gender roles in the above example were reversed.