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Elena Becker

"To characterize the leftist desire to deplatform hateful speech as an authoritarian fear of disagreement, however, is to miss the point entirely," the author writes in response to Camp's column.
A world without the freedom to say controversial things — even objectively terrible things — is a world without free expression.
The only way this institution could begin to really make up for its past would be to denounce all of its disreputable beginnings — including our founder’s ideals of life — and taking the time to educate every single student and member of staff on the topic.
The removal of statues and the renaming of buildings are not detailed policy shifts that will effectively end the history of racism at the University.
The Board of Visitors approved resolutions to remove the George Rogers Clark statue, contextualize the statue of Thomas Jefferson in front of the Rotunda, rededicate or remove the Whispering Wall, rename the Curry School and rename Withers-Brown Hall.
Ceasing this celebration of a man who is known to have perpetuated the subjugation of black citizens of this country is a step towards acknowledging this oppression. I
The City Council has ceased the official celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, known to the University community as Founder’s Day. 
Without advocating for free speech on campuses, we degrade the constitutional values that give us the right to express our ideas in the first place.

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