A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle
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A study by the Brookings Institute surveyed 1,500 students about free speech and found that 53% of students believe colleges and universities should “prohibit offensive speech.” The sample was 61% democrats and 47% Republican.
The trend of limiting speech on college campuses seems to be one that is growing with each passing school year.
Anytime a conservative speaker is invited to speak on a campus like Ben Shapiro, a guy that is as harmless as a kitten, universities almost have to call in the National Guard for fear that there might be a riot over him giving his conservative opinions in a speech.
It’s ok if you don’t agree with his opinion, or any other speaker that may speak on a campus, but this is an overreaction.
The same goes for liberals that may be invited to speak. They deserve to be treated with respect and be allowed to peacefully give their opinion on topics as well.
The problem with colleges prohibiting “offensive speech,” is that your definition of “offensive” may not be my definition and vice versa.
For example, a speaker from Planned Parenthood could be viewed as “offensive,” while for others a Christian pastor that shares a traditional view on marriage could be deemed as “offensive.”
This is why it’s important to protect everyone’s right to speak on college campuses and beyond.
However, universities do have a responsibility to protect students, and a speaker that has a history of creating violent incidents on campus in reaction to his viewpoints and speaking engagements, I agree the college has a right to disinvite that person to speak for the physical protection of the students, but they should not disinvite a speaker simply to protect students from opinions they may not like.
The more voices there are the better because it allows students to hear a wide range of opinions that helps them to decide for themselves what is right, and what is wrong.
When free speech is promoted and encouraged, everyone wins.
I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.
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