My college is threatening disciplinary action against students over a meme mocking a homophobe.
Now, granted they may be concerned about potential bullying, so I can see why they would perhaps like to send non threatening letters or messages asking politely to take the memes down. Rather than, you know, “Take this down or else!”
Except they have done three things which are frankly infuriating:
1. They have given their reason for threatening disciplinary action as “the good name of the college may be damaged”.
2. They took no action when said homophobe ran for a position on our students union on the platform of: slandering his opponent, and that lgbt+ students deserved less rights because it goes against his religion to support them. He had flyers, posters and even a video where he openly stated all of this stuff. Including comparing lgbt+ students to a certain extremely racist US organisation.
3. A lecturer who posted homophobic content to his personal twitter was let off Scott free, with the college giving statements to the tune of “well its a private account not affiliated with the college so we don’t care/can’t do anything”.
So, the issue becomes: why is the college attacking students over a meme, while allowing much worse behaviour which included papering their campus with hate speech and flat out slander? Why are faculty exempt from the threat of legal action over the college’s “good name”?
The double standard is strong in this one.
I’m posting this here because my tumblr account is not connected with any accounts of mine that the college may be aware of. Students are afraid and I’ve spoken with other lgbt+ students who now feel unwelcome on campus, despite most of the student body being generally supportive.
The college should be consistent in their responses, and protect their minority students from harm. Their current behaviour is unbefitting of a place of learning.