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College TA Secretly Records Disciplinary Meeting After Sharing Jordan Peterson Clip… and they call conservatives Nazis?

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Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, said she ran afoul of school authorities after she aired a clip in two tutorials of a debate on gender-neutral pronouns featuring polarizing University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.

The excerpt from TVO’s current affairs program The Agendashows Peterson, who has famously refused to use gender pronouns other than “he” or “she,” defending his position against a professor who argued it was necessary to use the pronouns that a person prefers to be called.

Shepherd said she was chastised by her superiors for failing to condemn Peterson’s remarks outright and told her neutral approach to the clip was tantamount to remaining neutral on other objectionable views such as those of Adolf Hitler.

The highlights: (Scroll down for the video)

RAMBUKKANA: [Do you see] why that might have been seen as problematic by some of the students? Maybe even threatening?

SHEPHERD: I don’t see how someone would rationally think that was threatening. I could see how it might challenge their existing ideas, but for me, that’s the spirit of the university is challenging ideas that you already have… The thing is, can you shield people from those ideas? Am I supposed to comfort them and make sure that they’re insulated away from this? Like is that what the point of this is? Because to me, that is so against what a university is about. So against it. I was not taking sides; I was presenting both arguments.

RAMBUKKANA: So the thing about this is if you’re presenting something like this, you have to think about the kind of teaching climate that you are creating, and this is actually – these arguments are counter to the Canadian Human Rights Code.

SHEPHERD: It was critical. I introduced it critically.

RAMBUKKANA: Okay. “In the spirit of the debate” is slightly different than being like, okay, this is, like, a problematic idea that we maybe want to unpack.

SHEPHERD: But that’s taking sides.

RAMBUKKANA: Yes…

SHEPHERD: Well, this is something that’s being debated in current society, and I don’t feel the need to shield people from what’s going on in society. Like, to imagine that this is happening in a university – it’s just bad.

RAMBUKKANA: …but this is like neutrally playing a speech by Hitler or Milo Yiannopoulos…

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