The University We Are For?

The University We Are For?
There’s no denying that a violent and unforgiving justice system is on the rise in North America. We see it already further segregating populations, draining federal coffers, and locking countless people away for longer than ever before. So what does it mean when this system—meant to improve, rather than debilitate, lives—brutally enters the university to shut down the institution’s ability to act as a space of resistance to these kinds of injustice?

Focusing on the police’s violent attacking of students protesting tuition hikes and funding cuts at the University of California and the actions (or lack thereof) of the university’s administrators in the wake of the police’s frightening response to social resistance, David Theo Goldberg highlights the suppression of free speech in the very institution built to encourage and protect it. He challenges us to think about the significance of these events: if this is the price of activism at the University of California, is the university really influencing its students to engage in critical thinking and join movements necessary for a true democracy? Or is it slipping into complicity with the very forces it vowed to keep in check? Read the article…

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