Students And Professors Protest Jeff Sessions Speech

Students And Professors Protest Jeff Sessions Speech

Sessions' speech itself was pretty much exactly as expected.

The letter pointed to that prosecution and other administration actions to "condemn the hypocrisy of Attorney General Sessions speaking about free speech".

As college administrators seek to walk that line, they often have settled on overly restricted policies, said Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center. The very fact that Sessions' address was opposed at all is a damning indictment of how a certain section of the nation has chosen to interpret the idea of free speech. The demonstration harked to pro football players who knelt during the national anthem before games this year.

Sessions spoke for about a half hour, referencing recent free speech incidents at UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Brown University, and Middlebury College.

A handful of protesters who attended Mr. Sessions' speech stood briefly with tape over their mouths after he finished. "A man who fails to recognize paradigmatic violations of the First Amendment is a poor choice to speak about free speech on campuses".

He criticized the universities for deciding "what is offensive and what is unacceptable" and for disinviting controversial speakers. Sessions said. "The university is about the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor". The students alleged that the college restricted their right to practice free speech. On the steps outside, around 150 Georgetown students and faculty demonstrated against the attorney general. But, so, I think they have all the rights every American does to speak out.

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Jeff Sessions is an absolute disgrace, a worthless human being, serving as our Attorney General.

The attorney general was not involved deciding which students were invited or excluded from the event, Tanya Weinberg, director of media relations at Georgetown Law, said in a statement. The Georgetown I attended as an undergrad does not hold those values - values that discriminate against immigrants and people of color and seek to keep oppressed.

"I wish that a wider community could hear what we had to say, but I guess we didn't have that luxury", Waweru said. In essence, Jeff Sessions turned that whole auditorium into his personal little safe space because he's too much of a coward to have to answer questions from someone who disagrees with him or from someone who knows more about the law than Jeff Sessions does. In it, the school justified its decision to rescind invitations from students not associated with the Georgetown Center for the Constitution - an organization in the university's law school that espouses the originalist interpretation of law championed by the late Antonin Scalia - by arguing that the initial invite should never have been sent to them in the first place. Those seats, according to organizers, wereonly for students affiliated with the Center for the Constitution, which is run by conservative professor Randy Barnett.

Conspicuously missing from Mr. Sessions' remarks at Georgetown, however, was mention of professors whose comments - oftentimes critical the Trump administration - have ensnared them controversy.

He derided student codes of conduct related to speech that he said "substantially infringe on constitutionally protected speech". He responded that he respected everyone's views and their expression in an appropriate fashion, and again called on universities to "push back" against those who would seek to block speech.

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