By now, civil rights activist Linda Sarsour is used to backlash. The opposition came in full force once again when Sarsour was announced the commencement speaker for City University of New York’s School of Public Health 2017 graduating class. They didn’t succeed.
This speaking engagement has recently made Sarsour a target for violent protests and social media campaigns launched by hate activists, right-wing provocateurs and members of the Zionist movement alike.
But unlike some of their steadfast support for the free speech of conservative commentators Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos, liberal “free speech” pundits rarely, if ever, spoke up on Sarsour’s behalf.
Chait hadn’t tweeted or written an op-ed critiquing the double standard in the conservative approach to free speech.
Chait didn’t respond, until now.“I would endorse the argument made by Emily Shire,” Chait said in an email, citing a Washington Post op-ed in defense of Sarsour. “I find many of Sarsour’s views repellant, but that does not disqualify her as a commencement speaker. This episode is another example of the parallel contempt for liberal discourse found on the far right and the far left.” Read more (6/2/17)
It is always humbling to be recognized. But this recognition was especially meaningful because…well, it’s my first! Thank you to CUNY School of Public Health for ushering me into this illustrious fellowship. Congratulations to all my fellow graduates!