On Monday, March 12 at 1 pm, a relatively small but impassioned group of Fordham students and faculty assembled in front of the Cunniffe fountain to stand against white supremacy at the university. Students held posters, chanted, and few expressed their frustration into a megaphone. Some signs read “Zero Tolerance for White Supremacy: Neo-Nazis Must Be Held Accountable” and “Racism is a Social Sin” in bold, confrontational letters.
What do you define as free speech? In our age of hyper-politicization, the definition of free speech has become gray with well-founded opinions and hate-speech intersecting on social media. Fordham University and free speech have had, well to put it lightly, a complicated relationship. While Fordham claims to be champions of peaceful and respectful student demonstrations it has also shown on multiple occasions to be rather controlling of student speech and protest. The latest chapter in this story occurred last week when the Office of the President released a statement regarding demonstrations against gun violence.
Peaceful protests spark conservative outrage
“There may be two sides to every story, but I refuse to accept their side if it tells me I deserved to be hurt and traumatized for trying to protect faculty rights.”
At least five student protesters who participated in yesterday’s demonstrations have been suspended from campus for the duration of Spring Weekend, with one student suspended from campus indefinitely until further notice.
Protesters who attempted to fill the administrative offices at Cuniffe House were met with physical force from Public Safety officers.