...Presidential Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity said the recently invited Laura Kipnis and previous controversial speakers were exhausting students with their offensiveness.
The six faculty on the women’s college commission cited the left-wing historian Jelani Cobb’s theory that certain ideas “impose on the liberty of another” if the person hearing those ideas is “relatively disempowered”:
There is no doubt that the speakers in question impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley. We are especially concerned with the impact of speakers’ presentations on Wellesley students, who often feel the injury most acutely and invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments. Students object in order to affirm their humanity. This work is not optional; students feel they would be unable to carry out their responsibilities as students without standing up for themselves.
Apparently referring to campus reactions to Kipnis – the subject of a two-month Title IX “inquisition” at Northwestern University, where she teaches film – the commission members said “dozens of students” have told them “they are in distress as a result of a speaker’s words.” Those who invited Kipnis and previous speakers must have known their ideas “would be painful to significant portions” of Wellesley, the commission members wrote. They specifically criticized the sociology professor who invited Kipnis, Thomas Cushman, for writing something that “publicly disparaged” a group of students that made a video critical of Kipnis.(MUST WATCH VIDEO!)
The commission’s solution? Use them as a “sounding board” for potential speakers..."