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Oxford University censors school’s newspapers in the name of woke

Oxford University in Britain
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The student’s union at the University of Oxford is hiring special sensitivity readers to read articles prior to publication in the university’s several newspapers, in order to censor or even cancel articles that may hurt the feelings of some of its students.

BBC broadcaster Michael Crick, a former editor of the Cherwell one of the university’s better know papers, called the decision ‘horrific’ stating it is nothing more than a blatant attack on free speech. He added, it will result in a boring newspaper that no one will bother to read.

The Cherwell already provides a ‘trigger warning’ rating for each article, so student’s can avoid having their delicate sensitivities triggered. But it appears even the ratings are now triggering students.

READ: Oxford student union plans to employ ‘sensitivity readers’ to CUT ‘problematic’ articles from historic university newspaper Cherwell before publication

In addition to censoring newspapers, some universities are now allegedly censoring students.

Kylee McLaughlin, a former player with the University of Oklahoma volley ball team, is suing the college after she was allegedly shut out of the team for refusing to endorse the school’s social justice ideology on social media and for not fully endorsing a documentary that team members were required to watch.

According to the lawsuit, one of the team coaches allegedly told McLaughlin she no longer fit into the culture of the team and was not allowed to play or practise with the team and would only be allowed to practise with a coach. Though shut out of the team, Kylee kept her full scholarship at the university.

McLaughlin alleges in her lawsuit that the university was attempting to squelch her first amendment right to free speech.

According to Campus Reform, the University of Oklahoma’s diversity statement reads:

“that the school does not ‘discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.’”

READ: LAWSUIT: U of Oklahoma volleyball player shut out of program due to rejection of ‘social justice’

In keeping with the theme, Yeonmi Park, a North Korea refugee, attending Columbia University in America, said the Ivy League school clamp down on free speech was similar to what she experienced in Communist North Korea.

At first, she tried to stand up to the woke professors and students, but admitted if she wanted to pass with good grades she needed to keep quiet, adding, “Even North Korea is not this nuts. North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this cray.” READ: ‘North Korea was crazy, but not this crazy’: Columbia student, 27, who escaped Stalinist dictatorship warns wokeism is stifling freedom of speech at US universities just like in her homeland AND: North Korean defector slams ‘woke’ US schools

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