Hiya, thanks so much for the question! So I answered a very similar question in my Meet the Candidates interview, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/SUSUtv/videos/1825372010828646/?hc_ref=ARSrDMqLJ686NhvcllOXX4qv7X6Qk7U6lDvHSGUmwZey29LexkTSQ4ZUEAlxmUFEPps&pnref=story But to answer your question here: Having an opinion and being able to share it without consequence is a basic human right and I would never take that away from someone. The beauty of elections is that students can share their opinions and be heard by a body that can actually make change, which is what I hope to do. So when I say I don't justify hate speech I simply mean speech that fails to protect other basic human rights, like freedom of speech itself. If what you are preaching and advocating for is going to hinder someone else's right to life, liberty, happiness, sexuality, work etc then I would not support that direction. You're correct in saying that thoughts themselves are not a threat, and as President I would never tell a student that their thoughts are incorrect, but I draw the line at making policy and enacting change that would infringe upon another student's time at university. The best way to resolve these issues, however, is by opening a dialogue. Whether that is through a simple conversation or debate, I will be open to facilitating these discussions and ensuring all students are heard. It is not my place to decide what our students should be thinking. It is my place to make sure all opinions are being heard and deciding which actions to take to benefit all students. I hope that answered your question! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any follow ups or just post them here!
This question was also only asked to EmilyAnswered by Emily on 24/02/18 13:14