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University of Michigan brings back the Soviet Union with its bias response team

If you’re pining for the Soviet Union or East Germany, you don’t have to find a mad scientist who has placed a time machine in a DeLorean. You just have to visit the University of Michigan.

Detroit News columnist Ingrid Jacques sounds the alarm about the taxpayer-funded university’s bias response team, the subject of a new lawsuit by the nonprofit membership association Speech First.

The suit claims the university has investigated more than 150 bias reports just in the past year, and the main criterion for bias is “your own feelings”:

Schools officials following up on these reports can discipline the offending students in different ways, including mandating “restorative justice,” “individualized education,” or “unconscious bias training.”

Sounds like brainwashing to me.

No wonder some students feel like their speech rights are being infringed upon. Why risk talking about contentious topics like immigration or politics when a fellow student overhearing the conversation could so easily report being offended?

The threshold for punishment by the public university, whose president once said students who voted for Donald Trump were motivated by hatred, is so low that “if you say something that might offend someone else, you could get disciplined or thrown out,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Jacques.

According to Jacques, such top-down micromanagement of students’ interactions with each other is “creating a climate of suspicion on campus by encouraging students to spy on one another. They never know who they can trust.”

Read the column.

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