Conservative on Campus!
By Chuck Morse
That’s right, I am a conservative radio talk show host who holds the fort once a week at WMFO-Tufts University, a radio station on one of America’s most liberal colleges. Tufts is by no means as bad as U. Cal-Berkeley where violent black-clad progressive anarchists infiltrated student protests causing $100,000 in damages and forcing the
cancellation of a speech by conservative commentator Milo Yiannopolis. Conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech has now been cancelled by U. Cal-Berkeley, the university that gave birth to the Free Speech movement in the 1060’s.
As a conservative, I feel like the proverbial Fiddler on the Roof, playing my political fiddle on the roof of the campus with the knowledge that one brisk gust of wind might knock me off my precarious perch at any moment sending me to my figurative death. Indeed, rhetorical rocks have already been thrown at me and I have already been put on notice that I am under investigation.
When the article Morse Code was published in the Tufts Observer I felt like I was back in a second-grade schoolyard being mugged by bullies. Apparently, my discussion about how leftist policies have damaged the African-American community since the 1960’s is enough to brand me a “racist.” I also critiqued various misogynist practices that I claim are embedded within Sharia Law, such as honor killing, a claim which caused the Tufts Observer to call me “Islamophobic.” This is apparently an issue that concerns conservatives more than it does most allegedly feminist liberals.
My show was condemned in the Tufts Observer article for containing blindingly obvious hateful, racist, and bigoted content.
I hosted a radio show at Tufts back in 1997 and now, after 20 years, I am back. I feel like Rip van Winkle who woke up from a deep slumber after 20 years to discover a new post American Revolution society. The Tufts students back then, while liberal, were more raucous and ribald and were more open-minded to opposing ideas. Today the students seem more cowed and docile, more conformist and quieter. Perhaps this is due to the fear of being reported on for an incident of bias or for an ill-defined incident of hate speech. In this atmosphere, I don’t blame students for not wanting to express themselves too openly or even to allow themselves to entertain opinions privately that might not be deemed as politically correct. After all, their parents might be spending $50-$60 grand a year for them to enjoy the privilege of attending such an elite institution as Tufts. Under the circumstances, it would understandably be foolhardy for young students to risk their reputations and possibly jeopardize their futures.
My broadcast on WMFO, a radio station with a proud and indeed a unique tradition of honoring a freeform format has turned into a case study for weather our liberal dominated institutions of higher learning are fulfilling the meaning of their creed as a place of dispassionate discourse on critical issues or whether they have become soap-boxes for left-wing propaganda.
In 1915, the American Association of University Professors published a “Declaration of the Principles of Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure” from which I quote:
“It is not the function of a faculty member in a democracy to indoctrinate his/herstudents with ready-made conclusions on controversial subjects. The faculty member is expected to train students to think for themselves, and to provide them access to those materials, which they need if they are to think intelligently.”