At a national conference on campus sexual assault and violence hosted by UC Berkeley, students protested a panel discussion on ensuring fair
for sexual misconduct investigations.
Read that again: students
protested the very idea that their classmates accused of rape should be treated fairly.
That is how far we've gone.
protesters put duct tape over their mouths and surrounded the perimeter of the room, holding signs of purported survivor testimonies. This was all intended to
show what they claim is
the insensitive treatment campus rape survivors receive.
My guess is that not one of the speakers
suggested that the kangaroo campus
process necessarily treats rape victims fairly. But this
discussion wasn't about
what infuriated the protesters.
there is no room in the public discourse for
talk about due process
for presumptively innocent men accused of campus rape.
It's all about them
And if someone dares even
to talk about the need for silly things like "fairness" or "due process" for the men accused, they are being
or they are a "rape apologist," a "victim denier," or a misogynist. In days long gone,
fairness in adjudicating guilt or innocence was a Constitutional
and a civic virtue. On modern American college campuses, it's "rape culture."
The comments that most annoyed the protesters
were the ones that raised the specter of the hanging trees of the Old South, where lynchings were
animated by a disturbing hostility to the due process rights of the presumptively innocent. It is ironic that the protesters
are so blinded by the righteousness of their cause that they
don't realize that they, too, are waging the war on sexual assault with the memes of the hangman