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Report: Texas State University one of the worst US colleges for free speech

Texas State University and The University Star have issued an apology over an op-ed column many students found racist. (Photos courtesy: Taylor Hughes)

Every year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) compiles a list of the worst colleges in the United States for free speech. The foundation formed the list based off events where free speech was deemed to be suppressed.

Texas State University in San Marcos was featured on the list for recent events. In November, the Texas State newspaper The University Star published an editorial by opinion writer Rudy Martinez titled "Your DNA is an abomination."

The column included passages that read “When I think of all the white people I have ever encountered - whether they’ve been professors, peers, lovers, friend, police officers, et cetera - there is perhaps only a dozen I would consider ‘decent,’” and “whiteness in the United States” is a 'construct used to perpetuate a system of racist power.'" FIRE says the column argued that race is a social construct used to oppress minorities.

Denise Cervantes, editor of The University Star, says the column has received "widespread criticism from readers, with many expressing that they find the author’s ideas to be racist." Students even formed a petition to cut the paper's funding.

Other universities on FIRE's list include University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, Harvard University, and Drexel University.

Read more about the list here.

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