DePaul Professor Offended by Milo Resigns, Calls Free Speech ‘Delusional’

Peter Hasson, Daily Caller, May 27, 2016

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A sociology professor at DePaul University announced her resignation in a public Facebook post Friday morning in which she denounced the idea that universities should be “neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas” and said that “so-called free speech” is “delusional.”

Dr. Shu-Ju Cheng, who goes by the first name Ada, posted a copy of an email she apparently sent to university president Rev. Holtschneider to a Facebook page affiliated with the DePaul University sociology department.

“To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional,” she wrote. According to Cheng, “that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built.”

“It is a hypocrisy to believe that one can promote diversity without tackling the racism that underlines all educational institutions,” Cheng continued.

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Cheng blasted Rev. Holtschneider for allowing the event to happen at all. She called his handling of the case “embarrassing” and “a lack of moral courage in the disguise of intellectual objectivity and positional neutrality.”

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