Three Claremont McKenna professors sound alarm over school’s treatment of historical texts with racial slurs

Amanda Nordstrom
Foundation for Individual Rights in Expression

Excerpt: Three professors at Claremont McKenna College in California say administrators violated their academic freedom rights by forbidding them from quoting renowned literary texts that contain a racial slur.

These actions stand clearly at odds with Claremont McKenna’s repeated emphasis of its support for academic freedom and free speech rights on campus. The college has adopted the Chicago Statement, which FIRE considers the gold-standard commitment to free expression on campus for both students and faculty. FIRE has also lauded the college in the past for its policies governing student speech, both with our highest, “green light” rating for speech-protective policies and the number one spot in our 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, which polled students on their views about how well their college embraces free expression.