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Summary (IA Generated)
Spirit Rock at James Madison University (WHSV-TV screenshot).
For example, at James Madison University, officials denounced the ‘defacement and vandalism’ of their Spirit Rock, because someone ‘forcibly’ removed the word ‘Black’ from a ‘Black Lives Matter‘ message.
‘This defacement and vandalism does not constitute free speech and is not acceptable,’ the university warned.
‘Students with dueling viewpoints have attempted to make sure their messages on these objects come out on top – including by painting over their ideological opponents’ views with their own,’ the group said.
‘Historically, the menagerie of campus objects students paint with their chosen messages has been surpassed only by the diversity of expression manifested through these monuments,’ the organization said.
James Madison’s ‘free speech rock‘ has been an outlet for expression for years.
In addition, Kent State University officials are reviewing a complaint that ‘White Lives Matters‘ was written on its free speech rock.
Public universities are bound by the First Amendment and private universities by the promises of free speech they may have made to students and faculty.
The organization told the universities in its letters that restricting some speech could come ‘at the expense of its students’ First Amendment rights.
‘The act of painting and repainting the Rock, even if it covers up or alters a prior message, is expression protected by the First Amendment and may not be stifled by government actors,’ FIRE said.