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Survey Finds College Students Value Diversity More Than Free Speech

Survey Finds College Students Value Diversity More Than Free Speech

“many also approve of limits on speech”

The worst part of this is that diversity, as understood on today’s college campuses, is only on the surface. It has nothing to do with diversity of thought.

The Washington Examiner reports:

College students find diversity more important than free speech

A new survey of college students has found that a narrow margin of millennials believe diversity is more important than free speech.

The Gallup-Knight Foundation surveyed 3,014 U.S. college students and showed the ramifications of diversity programs and social justice teachings in the classroom.

“While U.S. college students show strong support for the First Amendment, many also approve of limits on speech to foster an environment where diverse perspectives are respected. These competing views and habits can have an effect on the freedoms that the First Amendment guarantees. Understanding them will help to preserve our most fundamental rights into the future,” states a release from the Knight Foundation.

The majority of college students surveyed, 56 percent, still believe protecting free speech rights is important. Separately, 52 percent of these same students find a diverse and inclusive society to be extremely important part of democracy.

Interestingly, when asked to choose between the two, students found diversity to be more important than free speech. By a narrow margin, 53 percent to 46 percent, diversity and inclusion was found in favor over free speech.


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