The Hawks' Herald

The United States vs. the pandemic

_Noah Ashe_, _Op-Ed Writer_

April 28, 2020

A chaotic and incompetent federal response coupled with a growing misinformation campaign by the White House and conservative media have contributed to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.At the time of this writing, the...

Keeping students engaged remotely

Rachel Dvareckas, Features Editor

April 16, 2020

Campus orgs have been adjusting to the continuation of the spring semester away from campus. It is a difficult task to keep students engaged and to change programming that org members had been planning for months, but Campus Entertain...

University recommends self-quarantine for CPAC attendees

Isabella Gentile and Ben Crawley, Editor-in-Chief and News Editor

March 9, 2020

15 students and one faculty member who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, are being asked to self-quarantine until March 14 after an attendee from New Jersey tested positive for COVID-19.CPAC ...

Breitbart Entertainment Editor speaks on campus: College Republicans host Jerome Hudson for “If you think the media hates you, Hollywood hates you more”

Ben Crawley, News Editor

March 5, 2020

Approximately 50 students and members of the RWU and local community saw Jerome Hudson, a black conservative writer, in an event hosted by the College Republicans on March 4. The talk was titled: “If you think media hates you,...

Black women political power

By: FEM Society E-Board

February 27, 2020

One very influential black woman is Stacey Abrams. Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2006 to 2017, and served as the house minority leader from 2011 to 2017. She was the Democratic nominee for the 2018 G...

The life and legacy of Lucy Hicks Anderson

By: SAGA E-Board

February 27, 2020

While black history should and must be celebrated every month of the year, this February, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) is proud to spread the stories of black LGBTQ+ people. The LGBTQ+ population is a richly diverse comm...

As discussed in the Student Senate meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, should banning hate speech from a freedom of expression resolution be considered an infringement on First Amendment rights?

Jack Green, Op-Ed Writer

February 27, 2020

College Republican viewMany think of Nazism or white supremacy when hate speech comes into their minds. Barring hate speech from a freedom of expression resolution is ironic because freedom of expression has no exceptions. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.” Many at Roger Williams University have suggested that hate speech does not fall under First Amendment protection and believe that it should be banned.Many believe in banning hate speech, stating it is not compatible with RWU’s messages of diversity and inclusion. The issue with this argument is that a stigma can be developed against ideologies and individuals that challenge these messages aside from Nazism and white supremacy. It is inevitable that students will question statements and policy from the RWU administration. Preventing criticism and questioning of statements and policies will make members of the student body become more bitter with the university system.While you can ban what others can publicly state, they will not change their minds and they cannot be barred from thinking such things. Banning ideologies that promote hate speech would martyrize them, when it would be better to debate and discuss these controversial ideas. Debating ideas will also better prepare the student body for after they graduate from RWU. One of the consequences of being in a free society includes expressing support for radical ideologies. Free speech is about defending the expression of views you do not agree with, even if they are unpopular, which is why hate speech should be protected in the upcoming freedom of expression resolution.

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