Ambur Smith, 24, a third-year law student who was protesting outside, said holding a speech about free expression but limiting the audience was "hypocritical". He pointed out that the football players in question weren't subject to any kind of legal prosecution, but said that people who take "provocative actions" should "expect to be condemned". "In effect, they coddle it and encourage it".
Sessions plans to declare that free speech is "under attack", following the recent clashes of protesters at Berkley and other campuses in response to conservative speakers.
"Not a contradiction there", Sessions said.
Sessions contrasted the support some college administrators have shown students who disrupt unpopular speaking events with the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr.in ending segregation through his "unrelenting" words.
"We acknowledge our colleague's right to invite Attorney General Sessions to speak on campus". "People have a right to register their opinions, to protest, to citizens in any number of ways". "I would urge you to understand and think about the very uniqueness of this right that we have".
Update: A statement was added from Georgetown Law School.
He called college administrators' giving into protesters' demands to rescind invitations for some speakers as giving into "the heckler's veto".
Alicia Plerhoples, one of the Georgetown Law professors who signed the letter of protest, explained their position to BuzzFeed News in an email. Or, I guess before his speech even began, protesters were banned from attending a speech about the First Amendment from the Attorney General. They placed tape across their mouths and sat down. "We hope in the future that AG Sessions will be fearless enough to engage in the robust debate that he claims to value". No one needed counseling, ' Sessions snarked.
In February, on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, black-clad agitators smashed windows and hurled Molotov cocktails ahead of a planned appearance by far-right controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos.
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There is a bias against conservative speech at colleges, Sessions said.
The action comes as colleges around the country have faced questions about how to honor the First Amendment while balancing safety concerns.
An estimated 1 in 10 USA colleges have free speech zone policies that limit freedom of expression on campus, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. And so the First Amendment applies to public colleges and universities and of course, private colleges.
In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University's law school in Washington, Sessions took aim at higher education institutions that he said are "transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogeneous thought, a shelter for fragile egos".
The gesture was criticized by Sessions, who said that freedom of speech should not come at the expense of respect for national symbols. "It's the irony of him coming here".
Despite dozens of empty seats in the auditorium, some students protesting outside the McDonough Hall said they had been denied entry.
The event, hosted by the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, was met with protests by some students and faculty members.
"He was happy. He feels like he's clearly winning that exchange", the person said. Both policies, she said, are in line with university policy "given limited capacity".
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