19 Jul In-the-News Update [Issue: Basic Freedoms]
A conservative student, Daniel Schmidt, faced media attacks after exposing a course titled “The Problem of Whiteness” at the University of Chicago. Schmidt argued that the backlash he received demonstrated that the left does not expect conservatives to push back. He questioned the double standards, highlighting how a class called “Problem of Blackness” or “Problem of Jewishness” would cause outrage. Schmidt’s tweets about the course gained attention and drew negative publicity to the school and the lecturer, Dr. Rebecca Journey. Dr. Journey filed two complaints against Schmidt, but the school administration protected his actions under the policy of free expression. Journey accused Schmidt of cyberbullying and claimed his tweets could incite an “armed white nationalist” to harm her. Schmidt criticized the media’s overreaction, pointing out their lack of concern when liberal students try to “dox” professors or ruin lives. He believes that these attacks by liberal media outlets demonstrate their fear of the effectiveness of conservative activism on college campuses. Despite the controversy, Schmidt commended the University of Chicago for defending his right to free speech and aimed to improve the school by addressing what he perceived as “anti-White” policies. The university maintained its support for the course while emphasizing its commitment to addressing potential threats and upholding freedom of expression.