Trump enforces Obama order for UC Berkeley to remove 13,800 hours of free educational videos from YouTube

This is the YouTube channel for University of California, Berkeley: https://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeley/videos

It has (or used to have) 13,800 hours of free educational content.

On August 30, 2016, the Justice Department sent this letter to the school, which criticized the videos for not being closed captioned, and for not having audio descriptions of content that was visible on chalkboards.

The school responded by issuing a statement which said it might have to remove the videos because of this. Specifically, the school’s statement said:

“… we might not be able to continue to provide free public content under the conditions laid out by the Department of Justice to the extent we have in the past.”

“In many cases the requirements proposed by the department would require the university to implement extremely expensive measures to continue to make these resources available to the public for free…”

The same letter from the Justice Department also ordered the school to pay “compensatory damages” to deaf people because these free educational videos were not closed captioned.

However, the Justice Department did not explain how it was possible for the school to pay “compensatory damages” for something that the school had given away for free.

So now, here we are in March 2017. Donald Trump has been president for well over a month. And now the Justice Department is enforcing Obama’s order for UC Berkeley to remove the videos.

As President, Trump could have reversed this order, just as Obama, early in his presidency, had reversed a Bush action regarding the New Black Panther Party. (In May 2009, the Obama administration dismissed charges that had been filed by the Bush administration against members of the New Black Panther Party who had been videotaped intimidating voters and brandishing a police-style baton at a Philadelphia polling station during the November 2008 election. In August 2009, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights demanded that the Justice Department explain why it dismissed the charges.  In July 2010, J. Christian Adams, a former lawyer for the Justice Department, testified before the Commission on Civil Rights that the case was dropped because the Justice Department did not want to protect the civil rights of white people.)

But Trump did not reverse this order. Instead, he went along with it.

So once again, here’s another reason why I’m glad I voted for Gary Johnson in the 2016 Presidential election.

March 11, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Education, Police state. 1 comment.