Princeton course claims ‘far right activists’ abuse free speech to ‘justify’ hate speech

Logan Dubil
Campus Reform

Excerpt: This fall, Princeton University’s Anthropology Department is offering the course “Current Issues in Anthropology: Liberalism, Racism & Free Speech,” addressing issues relating free speech and hate speech. According to the course description, the class will emphasize how “far right activists” take advantage of “free speech” to “justify hate speech.”

 “We use comparative studies of racist and Islamophobic hate speech to examine different cultural approaches to managing speech and how these rules are contested/challenged by popular countermobilizations,” the description reads. One of the course’s required readings is the book Is Free Speech Racist?, which argues that “‘free speech’ has been adopted as a primary mechanism for amplifying and re-animating racist ideas and racializing claims.”