The rage of the Speech policing from the progressive left has reached new heights ! Adrianna San Marco a Syracuse University student was fired from her gig as a columnist at a local paper, The Daily Orange, when she dismissed the notion of “institutional racism” in an opinion piece for a separate, conservative website.
“Dismissing the existence of racism, whether institutional or otherwise, dismisses the lived experiences of people of color, especially our black community members. San Marco’s article reinforces false and dangerous stereotypes of Black people as criminals, and dismisses that police officers kill black people at disproportionately higher rates than white people,” Daily Orange editor-in-chief Casey Darnell told Fox News
“We aren’t afraid of controversial views, but we have a responsibility to avoid promoting harmful ones. We don’t censor conservative columnists,” Darnell added. “In fact, we have already hired a conservative columnist to replace San Marco.”
Adrianna San Marco: The opinion piece I wrote for LifeZette titled, “Why Institutional Racism is a Myth,” garnered a lot of attention early on. My peers began calling me horrible names and threatening me the day after it was published and within two days of the story being released I received an email from The Daily Orange terminating me. The editor in chief felt my writing included “racist undertones” and instead of engaging with a differing political opinion decided it was best to fire me.
San Marco: Since the story was published I have received an overwhelming response. I am grateful to have people who have supported me and come to my defense. I have been sent private messages that thank me for voicing my opinion and reporting the truth. Unfortunately, I have also been faced with a large amount of threatening and hateful messages. My peers and professors have celebrated me being fired with some calling for my expulsion. Most disturbingly, I have received countless physical threats to attack me once I am back on campus. I don’t foresee the upcoming semester being easy but I am hopeful no physical harm comes to me.
San Marco: There have been conservative organizations as well as individual students that face discrimination at Syracuse University. SU’s chapter of College Republicans sought to bring Ben Shapiro to campus this fall as a speaker but received a formal condemnation from the Student Association who called Shapiro a “white supremacist.”
Additionally, one of my peers, Justine Murray, attempted to start a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom at SU and was denied. The university argued that YAF’s support of the constitution is “exclusionary to international students.” It was not until the administration was pressured by media that the chapter was recognized. Additionally, Justine faced countless personal challenges for being a conservative student at SU. She has been physically intimidated by protesters on campus while reporting and even professors have harassed and targeted her for her reporting.
Ms. San Marco says this experience has opened her eyes to the “dark side of journalism,” citing how “cutthroat” and “exclusive” it can be to those who do not hold onto progressive viewpoints.
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“My piece was not an angry rant; it was based on statistics and sources. It also affects me as student because all my peers have banded together and tried to cancel me, as they say. It was a hard hit for me socially since I got many hateful, nasty and threatening messages”
“After the piece was published and the hateful messages started pouring in, I did more research into institutional racism. Additionally, I read studies attempting to disprove my arguments that were sent to me by my peers and professors at Syracuse University. Now more than ever I feel confident in my views and research. There is nothing I would have done differently. I stand by my analysis.” – Ms. San Marco.