“anyone with a remotely controversial idea comes under attack”
Bradley Palumbo is a conservative student at the University of Massachusetts. He’s sounding the alarm on free speech at the Daily Signal:
I’m a Conservative College Student. The First Amendment Is Dying on Campuses Like Mine.
As a conservative columnist for my campus newspaper, it’s not unusual for me to be derided and accused of hate by leftist students.
Some have been calling for my firing ever since I started writing. I’m a mainstream conservative-libertarian. Apparently, that is beyond the pale.
Campuses are lively places, full of debate on political, social, and religious topics. But new ideological boundary lines have been drawn, and their crossing is met with reproach, accusations of hate, and even violence.
In March, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont was hospitalized after protesters disrupted a speech by the social scientist Charles Murray.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter also felt the wrath of campus extremism when threats of violence prompted the University of California, Berkeley to cancel her speech.
These events and others have marked the erosion of the free speech at colleges that were once lauded for their commitment to it. On today’s campuses, anyone with a remotely controversial idea comes under attack. Why?
Millennials seem to have a problem with free speech.
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