Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jury says Phila. district violated ex-official's right to free speech

Jury says Phila. district violated ex-official's right to free speech



Slidell, Louisiana – In light of the video of the free
speech racist chant by the SAE Fraternity at the University of Oklahoma and the
University of Oklahoma’s administration’s unconstitutional response, the NAAWP
released the following statement:



From the Desk of Mark Anthony Traina, NAAWP President,
Spokesperson & CEO:


“As the sun sets on the 239th anniversary celebration of the
Declaration of Independence, we are reminded that attitudes of racial
intolerance and structural racism are not only of the past but continue to be
perfectly legal in America today.  We were outraged to see young people’s
Freedom of Speech Constitutional Rights Violated! Furthermore, Fraternity and
Sorority Members have the legal right to speak out about any Topic they Choose,
as long as Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri and Madison, Wisconsin Chant about
killing White Police Officers, Burning Down and/or Looting White Owned
Businesses — Chants about Killing Police Officers which has resulted in the
recent Deaths of 3-Police Officers, as well as, the intentional Wounding of 2
others.  We are Appalled at President Boren’s lackluster leadership and
staunch repudiation of Freedom of Speech at his school and against the
Law-Abiding Fraternity Members featured in a fatuous video. Furthermore, we
legally want to take this opportunity to dare any other College Presidents and
other Authoritative Figures to act in similar fashion when confronted with Free
Speech on their Campuses.  We are ashamed of the Students, Faculty, and
Staff who have denounced the Freedom of Speech Rights of the SAE Fraternity. As
a Civil Rights Organization we want to dare anyone else in a Position of
Authority across the entire country to violate anyone’s Freedom of Speech
Rights on any Publicly Funded Educational Campuses, within our Neighborhoods or
outside of our Workplaces.”




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