By Chris Wattie, National Post
A Canadian university cancelled a debate on racial diversity between the head of its BLACK studies program and an American “racial nationalist,” for fear that the topic would be too controversial.
But the cancellation of the debate has raised concerns about academic freedom, with the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers arguing that it sends the wrong message to call off the debate at Dalhousie University between Professor David Divine and Jared Taylor, of American Renaissance magazine, on the topic of “Racial Diversity: North America’s Strength or Weakness?”
“The way you deal with speech some may find objectionable or even abhorrent is not with silence,” said James Turk. “It’s with more speech—with criticism and debate.
“We’re always concerned when a university shuts down debate like this, especially around controversial subjects.”
Officials of the Halifax…
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