Once upon a time, college campuses used to be places where young adults really got educated in the art of debate and discussion, learning how to value differing opinions and when disagreements arise, how to articulate an argument that is coherent and logical.

Well those days have long went swirly down the toilet thanks in large part to our culture’s adoption of the progressive mindset, which has infected our arts and entertainment industry, our government, and yes, the education system too.

Free speech used to reign supreme at universities, but alas, that has gone bye-bye too, as you can clearly see by how this college treated student radio host Brandon Albrecht after he used the word “tranny” on air.

From Truth Revolt:

On Friday, while Albrecht was broadcasting with co-host Taylor Lehmann on their show “Deplorable Radio,” he used what he thought was an innocuous, abbreviated term for “transvestite”:

“You know, you can definitely, you see one tranny that’s trying to punch someone…You know it’s automatically that one guy that you know I’m talking about. I bet you know. I’m not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like he’s going to punch someone. Yep.”

Albrecht’s description was part of a discussion of the lack of Antifa violence on UMM’s campus. However, the station manager wasn’t amused: about 15 minutes after the incident, according to a video Friday, she — joined by a UMMPD officer — kicked the hosts out of the studio. She can be heard on the video saying they were in violation of the Federal Communications Commission:

“Hey guys, I am just going to have you leave. You said a couple words that break FCC violations, and so for today I am going to have you stop your show. Specifically ‘tranny.’ That is a hate slur, it is not allowed on radio. I need you to leave.”

“Did you really have to call the police?” a student asks in the video. “Yes,” she demands, “it’s a violation. You are breaking the law.” The manager further explains, “That is a specific hate-speech word never allowed on radio. In the same way that you can never say ‘c***s*cker’ on radio.”

According to The College Fix, a week later, Albrecht and Lehmann were brought before an executive board, during which they were told they “were permanently suspended from the radio by executive decision.”

Albrecht says the board changed the story as to why they were in trouble — after admitting that “tranny” was not in violation of FCC guidelines, the panel told the DJ’s of complaints the week before the incident that they were on the air under the influence, which was in fact an FCC violation. Albrecht maintains that they were entirely sober during their broadcasts. Furthermore, a “First Amendment and media” lawyer, Bob Corn-Revere, told The Fix that neither “tranny” nor broadcasting under the influence were against the FCC.

On Wednesday, the station manager sent Albrecht an email admitting that “tranny” was not a violation, but that the hosts were in fact suspended for an entirely new reason: they did not play “at least 2 new songs per hour.”

Seems to me the school realized they made a huge mistake by limiting this student’s free speech, so they found a different way to punish them for using the term.

This is not how free speech works, folks. Not at all. And this sort of censorship is precisely why our nation has stagnated as of late. People need to be free to express their thoughts and ideas in order to have their beliefs challenged. It’s not a bad thing to question what you believe. You’ll either find that you are more ingrained in your ideology, or you’ll find the real truth.

But you can’t do it that if we aren’t all free to express ourselves.

Hopefully this institution and the students who go there will get this point sooner rather than later.

 

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