Kansas State University student and conservative activist Jaden McNeil was booted out of a public Zoom meeting held by the university’s Diversity and Inclusion program for daring to ask if white lives mattered.
KSU also livestreamed the meeting on YouTube, but curiously enough the video has now been set to “private.”
In response to the livestream, the Kansas State Democrats slurred McNeil as a purveyor of “white supremacist ideals” and renewed their call for him to be expelled, even though KSU cannot expel him because of its nature as a public university.
McNeil retorted, “You’re not allowed to say ‘White lives matter’ without them attacking you as a white supremacist and calling for you to be expelled. I thought college was supposed to be about the free exchange of ideas? Guess not!”
Big League Politics has covered the rise of McNeil as a young conservative activist. He was previously head of Kansas State University’s Turning Point USA chapter but left the organization due to their hypocrisy and “fair weather conservatism.” He subsequently founded the campus group America First Students, which is a more nationalist, socially conservative alternative to campus organizations such as TPUSA.
McNeil also made headlines and caused left-wing outcry over a joke about George Floyd. There were concerns that KSU administrators would try to expel him, but with the help of conservatives like Michelle Malkin pointing out that they cannot expel a student for First Amendment-protected speech, the issue was laid to rest.
Huge props to McNeil for having the fortitude, politically and personally, to be a vocal right-wing student on his college campus and weather the storms of public backlash and death threats.
And shame on leftist universities for stifling free speech, peddling nonsense like Critical Race Theory and radical feminism, and permitting pro-Antifa and pro-BLM propaganda. They ought to face financial repercussions.
Does the Arizona Constitution Provide Means for Lawmakers to Crack Down on Big Tech Censorship?
Does the Arizona Constitution provide protections from Big Tech?
The Arizona Constitution provides stronger protections for freedom of speech than the First Amendment does, potentially providing legislative solutions to Big Tech censorship in the state at a moment where political censorship is more pervasive than ever.
Article 2 Section 6, Arizona Constitution states that “Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. “
This differs greatly from the federal constitution in that it doesn’t limit the powers of a legislature to restrict freedom of speech. The US Constitution identifies “Congress” as the body it’s restricting from making a law abridging the freedom of speech.
The speech rights established by the Arizona Constitution are thus expressed positively; recognizing a right belonging to the people, as opposed to negating an infringement of said right.
Quite obviously, the Arizona Constitution was written in an 1910, an era in which the internet would’ve been just as inconceivable as it was in 1789.
In a 2019 Arizona Supreme Court case, the state’s highest court recognized in a 4-3 judgement that the Arizona Constitution provided greater protections than the federal constitution. The case recognized that violations of the First Amendment would represent de facto violations of the
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Arizona Attorney General, or state legislature, could hold Big Tech oligarchs to account for violating the Article 2 Section 6 rights of Arizona citizens- especially in a context the major platforms are collectively adjudicated to be acting as a trust in order to suppress competition and silence lawful speech.
Three Arizona legislators called upon Attorney General Mark Brnovich to begin an antitrust investigation into Big Tech oligarchs following the coordinated deplatforming operation against Parler, in which both Amazon and Apple colluded to restrict the free speech platform from the internet.
In an era where the overwhelming majority of free speech is communicated online, the censorious actions of Big Tech very plausibly represent an assault of the right of free expression guaranteed in the Arizona Constitution. Both chambers of Arizona’s legislature remain Republican, even as the state has become purple, and action against Big Tech censorship on the state level could become a real possibility in the coming years.
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