TO THE EDITOR:
I am very much in sympathy with the DTH columnist who, in your issue of Sept. 6, complains of the mistreatment of the Unsung Founders Memorial.
I note that she is in favor of “silencing” Silent Sam, which is her privilege. But might we not agree that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and accordingly that the mistreatment of any campus monument, including Silent Sam, should be discountenanced? The statue seems to be cluttered with signs, sometimes affixed to the monument base or the statue itself, of which your front-page photos offer an example.
What, it may be asked, are the First Amendment privileges of those who “protest” and deface Silent Sam with disfiguring signs?
Some years ago, in a pious cause now forgotten, protesters littered the south edge of Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, maintaining that theirs was a form of protected First-Amendment expression.