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As part of the conversation with student leaders, we talked about the concept of Zero Tolerance. While I appreciate the desire for such a policy, it is unachievable under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The challenge we all face is to find the balance between wanting to eliminate expressions of racism and bigotry and supporting the free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. If we value freedom of speech, we must acknowledge that some may find the expressions of others unwelcome, painful, or even, offensive. We can, however, speak out and condemn such expressions, and we can work to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment.
Mark Kennedy (more quotes by Mark Kennedy or books by/about Mark Kennedy)
President of University of North Dakota
October 05, 2016, Statement from the University of North Dakota
Speech, Tolerance, Constitution, Rights, Respect, Racism, Bigotry