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Summary: Objectionable speech, physician assisted suicide, the death penalty, North Korea, affirmative action, STEM vs Liberal Arts, privatization, and more!
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About "Barbara Bush Bashing"
This week, Barbara Bush passed away. She was the wife of George H.W. Bush, the mother of George W. Bush, and by all accounts a sweet, tenacious, wonderful woman. On a day mainly marked by outpourings of grief and affection, one voice on Twitter took a different perspective. Randa Jarret, an English professor at Fresno State University, tweeted:
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal.”
She followed that remark with others that shouldn’t be repeated in polite company. Of course, Jarret was met with a firestorm of criticism, which she weathered by bragging about her tenured status, which provides her with excellent job security. It may, in fact, be impossible for Fresno State to fire Jarret, even if they desired to. The question isn’t whether or not the First Amendment protects objectionable or even crude speech, because it does. The question is whether or not we should, as a society, censor or oppress those who say things we disagree with. Jarret’s tweets were terrible, rude, and unseemly.
This week Parli debaters get to decide how society ought to handle legal but objectionable speech. Other debates include physician assisted suicide, the death penalty, North Korea, affirmative action, STEM vs Liberal Arts, and privatization.
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Mark’s competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently an honors student at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas’ civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team.