Pomona College in Claremont, California recently released a lengthy statement condemning memes posted in a secret Facebook group, letting its students, faculty, and alumni know that the school’s “Bias-Related Incident Response Team” is investigating the memes.
Politically correct college campuses reached a whole new level on Monday, when the college administration sent an email to its community informing it that some students were apparently sharing memes in a secret group.
According to Pomona, the memes were “deeply offensive” and included “misogynistic, racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic images and texts.”
They “strongly condemn” the memes in their statement:
We strongly condemn the reported memes for expressions of bias that are antithetical to Pomona’s community values and to our commitment to an educational environment free from discrimination. As a college community, we expect respectful conduct from each other and from ourselves.
Pomona has not yet punished the students who posted the memes, and will “report to the community when that review is concluded.”
Imagine getting thrown out of college for posting memes.
The school claims domain over the secret Facebook group due to obligations within its Student Handbook, which has a definition for something the college calls “bias-related incidents.” According to the Handbook, these events “are expressions of hostility against another individual (or group) because of the other person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of these characteristics.”
A member of the group currently being investigated by the college’s IRT told the Claremont Independent that the group is “aimed at free speech primarily and contains a range of political views and backgrounds of students.”
Pomona notes that these “incidents” may be protected by the First Amendment, but seems to suggest they still may kick students out of their college after the IRT’s review. This is in spite of California’s Leonard Law, which extends the First Amendment to high schools, private and public colleges, and universities within the state.
Be careful, kids. The PC Police are out in full force, and they will not stand for your bigoted memes.