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Thread #162832   Message #3878134
Posted By: beardedbruce
22-Sep-17 - 09:06 AM
Thread Name: BS: Free speech- as long as you're Liberal.
Subject: BS: Free speech- as long as you're Liberal.

"A Brookings Institution report this week, pulling data from a survey of 1,500 undergraduates at four-year universities across 49 states, found that 19% of students agree with the following statement:

    A student group opposed to the speaker uses violence to prevent the speaker from speaking. Do you agree or disagree that the student group's actions are acceptable?

And 44% replied "no" to the following:

    Does the First Amendment protect "hate speech"?

(Those 44% are wrong. "Hate speech," with some caveats, is legally protected under the US constitution.)

The full set of questions and responses reveals a telling divide on university campuses, and a fairly ironic one, at that: Though college students by and large want their schools to be bastions of free speech and free thought, many of them also do not believe "offensive" or "hurtful" comments or speakers have any place within that ideology. John Villasenor, a public policy professor and the author of the report, remarked in his conclusions that "a majority of students appear to want an environment that shields them from being exposed to views they might find offensive."

His suggestions? That pre-college educators—i.e. middle school and high school systems—give much greater attention to the First Amendment, and to constitutional principles in general. "I would hope that we can do a better job at convincing current and future college students that the best way to respond to offensive speech is with vigorous debate, or peaceful protest," Villasenor wrote."

Perhaps some reasonable response from someone here here about this might be presented- I have observed NOTHING here to indicate that the majority would accept 20% of the opposition taking violent action to prevent LIBERAL speakers from stating their views. Yet there is a vast silence about the right of the minority to even HAVE their viewpoint, much less state it.