One of the students who contributed to the vandalism of the display, recently sent an anonymous letter to DePaul’s student newspaper.
I was planning to write a response to the letter, but Robert Shibley of The FIRE has done such an excellent job of analyzing it, I’m going to refer you to his post.
DePaul Student: Stop Me From Looking at Things I Don’t Like!
I am going to go through the whole thing because it is such a severe example of “unlearning liberty” that there’s an illustration of it in nearly every thought expressed. Let’s start:
As I was walking to class and passing through the quad on whatever day [Tuesday, Jan. 22 — Ed.] this display was up, I saw hundreds of blue and pink flags. I knew that that day was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but if I hadn’t previously known that (and it was in no way through the university or any university-affiliated group that I knew this), I would have had absolutely no idea what these flags were for. I took three of the flags down from their display and took them home. I was in no way a part of the incident that took place later that day, where students took down all the flags and threw them away. This is my opinion and thought process regarding what I did, but I was not a part of the bigger incident with the display.
This student’s thought process was “Hey, look, a display on campus that advocates an idea I disagree with. I will now engage in some petty vandalism in order to mutely express my disagreement.”
There’s so much more at the link below.
DePaul Student: Stop Me From Looking at Things I Don’t Like! (The FIRE)