The recent debacle at Columbia shows that there are offensive types of speech that go beyond the limits of acceptance. The noose placed on the door of a faculty member was disgusting. Yet we should not jump to conclusions as there have been some incedents where professors have vandalized their own cars to gain publicity. The incedent needs to be investigated and any claims about Columbia being compared to Jena is sophomoric.
Yet would anyone have noticed if a commie or jihadi burned our flag. Would the harassment of Jewish students by faculty have made page one. Would a KKK type advocating idiocy be granted a forum in the name of free speech.
The placement of a noose was a vile act. Yet certain vile acts seem acceptable so long as the targets are not on the Marcuse official victims pyramid.
Beamish in 08