So Now the Haters Are Worried about Hate Speech


Kudos to John K. Wilson for illustrating what David Guth’s critics have themselves said online.

For anyone on the Far Right to criticize “intemperate” speech or writings by anyone else is an absolute joke. Even if individuals on the Far Right aren’t themselves guilty of  “offensive” speech or writings, as Patricia Stoneking clearly is in this instance, they have been mute in response to an almost endless litany of very offensive remarks not just by relatively anonymous people on the Far Right but by relatively prominent political figures on the Far Right and by figures in the popular culture courted by those political figures.

Without doing much of a Google search one can come up with literally dozens of offensive comments made by any one of the following political figures on the Far Right: Michelle Bachmann, Paul Broun, Ted Cruz, Ken Cuccinelli, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Rand Paul, and Rick…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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