This time, the Dean of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts. She made the radical statement "everyone's life matters."
I presume the University of Massachusetts receives funding collected from the citizens of Massachusetts. Therefore it would be entirely appropriate for the legislature to suggest that funding to the School of Medicine will be put into escrow until such time the people responsible for firing the Dean can report to the legislature floor and explain, in front of the Representatives and the TV cameras, exactly whose live's are NOT important.
No, they cannot hand-wave and claim it is "code".
Because if I were to find myself in the care of a University of Massachusetts graduate (or graduates) I would want to know if I fell into any of the categories they had been trained to think of as "disposable".
In fact, I want Michigan to pass a resolution that requires exactly that. That funding be put into escrow until top management reports to Legislature after a public employee is terminated on the grounds that they published a document, public or private, or posted a video where they say "All lives matter" or "Every life matters" or anything similar.
If an employee threatens violence...sure, that is grounds for termination. There is a body of precedent regarding safe workplaces and employer's responsibilities to provide such.
But to extend safe workplaces to include "All lives matter" on the grounds that it might trigger somebody...and therefore creates a "hostile workplace environment" is horse manure. The problem is not the person uttering "All lives matter". The problem is the unhinged person who might be "triggered" by those words.
Because what if you did outlaw those words? What if the unhinged person thinks they heard those words? Perhaps there was background noise and they honestly mistook other words for the dread "All lives matter". Perhaps they imagined they heard the words.
The fantasy in their head does not justify violence; physical or economic.