- - Sunday, December 3, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The irony of free speech in the current political environment certainly hits home with two recent Times articles. A speaker delivered a talk titled “It’s OK to Be White” on the University of Connecticut campus was booed, harassed and had his notes taken from the lectern (“Conservative speaker arrested at UConn after fight at ‘It’s OK To Be White’ speech,” Web, Nov. 28). Later the speaker, Lucian Wintrich was arrested for a breach of peace.

However, just above this article was another about Palestinian-American activist and Israel critic Linda Sarsour delivering a lecture at the New School during a panel on anti-Semitism, and the need to join the left in fighting the Trump administration )”Anti-Semitism panel featuring Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour stokes left’s split on Israel,” Web, Nov. 27). Naturally Ms. Sarsour’s talk took place without harassment, boos or notes being taken from the lectern.

MARGARET EVANS

Fairfax Station, Va.

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