Documents — President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC)

We are deeply troubled that Dr. Jordan Peterson has been invited to speak at McMaster at an upcoming event about “freedom of speech” and “political correctness.” Most recently, Dr. Peterson has gained notoriety for his refusal to use the preferred pronouns of trans- and gendernon-conforming colleagues and students at U of T, defending his callous disregard for their personhood through a misguided deference to his freedom of speech and his distaste for “political correctness.”

Freedom of speech was also not conceived as a means to protect normative ideas from contestation by marginalized communities

So let us not pretend that Dr. Peterson is a staunch defender of any sort of “freedom” – what he is defending, instead, appears to be his misguided presumption that his right to uphold the status quo trumps the rights of others to exist in public spaces and be treated with respect and dignity, free from hatred and discrimination.

Source: Documents — President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC)

Contestation by marginalized communities and people exercising their right to exist in public spaces and be treated with respect and dignity in action:

And: