From the President of University of South Carolina
Friday, April 20, 2007
From a reader:
The following is what appears to be an answer to my respectful letter (below) to President Andrew Sorensen on USC regarding the Steve Spurrier remarks recently.
19 April 2007
“Thank you for your message about Coach Steve Spurrier’s widely publicized comments on removing the Confederate battle flag from the State House Grounds. Coach Spurrier, as he has made clear, spoke as an individual. He does not speak on behalf of the University. However, as president of Carolina, I am very proud that during his tenure here Steve has become deeply dedicated to our University and to his new home State.
Although there are many diverse opinions about how we should celebrate our heritage, the message we Americans of every persuasion proudly tell the world, whether in the Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere, is that in our democracy we cherish the right of all citizens to express their beliefs on a very broad range of issues—without fear of recrimination.
I sincerely appreciate your opinion and fully respect your right to declare it openly. I will continue to welcome your thoughts at any time.”
Andrew A. Sorensen
As you see, it is written in classic newspeak and relates global issues that have no relationship to what Spurrier said—and this university president is under the delusion that we live in a democracy as opposed to a republic. Based on his claim that “we cherish the right of all citizens to express their beliefs on a very broad range of issues—without fear of recrimination,” I suppose he feels that Don Imus suffered inappropriate recrimination after stating his belief that the ladies basketball team at Rutgers resembled prostitutes with unusual hairstyles. While Sorensen is filled with the spirit of diversity and a claim of respect for others opinions, I am confident he would call for Spurrier’s ouster had the latter referred to the USC ladies basketball players as “nappy headed ho’s,” or similar popular verbiage.
Thanks for sending this. In other words, any slam against Southerners is free speech, any hint of criticism or insult at minorities is hate speech. Any questions?
Posted by Mike Tuggle on 04/20