Wayne State University decided to drop The Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award, named for the 90-year-old alumnus of the school. The University referred to Thomas' remarks in a recent speech as "anti-Semitic." Similar comments about Jews several months ago caused Thomas to resign from her long-standing position as a White House Correspondent.
- Did the university make the right decision? Why or why not?
- Thomas responded to the university's move: "...the leaders of Wayne State University have made a mockery of the First Amendment and disgraced their understanding of its inherent freedom of speech and the press." What do you think of her response?
- Write an email to Thomas on behalf of Wayne State leaders, explaining the decision to drop the award.
- Write an email to previous award recipients. How can you explain the decision without diminishing the honor for those who received an award in the past?