At Harvard Law School in 1991, Obama approved of restricting speech to protect minorities

“I saw him as more of an ideologue, than a seeker of intellectual truth, and someone quick to pander to his audience for political gain. Even then, he was ever the politician, always running, it seemed, for office.”

Charles C. Johnson
The Daily Caller

At the height of early-1990s conservative backlash over political correctness and “speech codes” on U.S. college campuses, Barack Obama participated in a panel event geared toward denying that restrictions on free expression were problematic, or happening at all.

The 1991 Harvard Law School yearbook quoted the future President of the United States virtually shrugging his shoulders at the thought that non-liberal white students might take offense at restrictions on speech that minority students found objectionable. “I don’t see a lot of conservatives getting upset if minorities feel silenced,” Obama said, flipping the argument around…

…“Nobody seriously questioned the goal of increasing the number of racial and ethnic minorities at HLS,” [Brian] Timmons told TheDC. “But it seemed as those these diversity proponents didn’t exactly want more viewpoints on campus, nor did they want to just increase the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities. They wanted more minorities who embraced the same basic left-leaning political ideology of the HLS establishment.”

“In other words,” Timmons explained, “they wanted more people who looked different but thought the same.”

Timmons saw the panel itself as an ironic and “amusing illustration of the times.”

“On a panel purporting to explore whether the law school was in fact promoting a singular point of view, five of the six panelists promoted the same view,” he recalled…

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