Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of the National Review, argued against checking privilege in an event Wednesday night at Duke.
“When the (privilege) concept is used to dismiss views, based on demographic characteristics of the people who are expressing themselves, it is an affront to the values that should animate an academic community,” he said.
The event — sponsored by Duke's American Enterprise Institute, the Duke Open Campus Coalition and other Duke student groups — brought students together from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University for a nonthreatening discussion on free speech.
Ponnuru encouraged open campus coalitions that allow politically active students from all political backgrounds to protect students’ diversity of thought and their right to express themselves.
“There’s this idea that this is not a matter of which team you are on and which political tribe you affiliate yourself with, but that there is a kind of principle at the end of the day,” he said.