“Over half of college students agree that shouting speakers down is ‘always’ or ‘sometimes’ acceptable.”
The First Amendment exists to protect speech we don’t like. Also, who decides what qualifies as hate speech?
Campus Reform reports:
Disturbing number of students say hate speech is not free speech, report says
A new report has revealed that support of the First Amendment among college students seems to be decreasing, as nearly half of students believe that hate speech should not be protected.
Conducted by the Knight Foundation, the survey reveals that 41 percent of college students believe hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment, while 58 percent believe that it should be protected. While the majority of students believe that hate speech should be protected, 53 percent of college women contend it should not be protected, as well a majority of black students.
Over half of college students agree that shouting speakers down is “always” or “sometimes” acceptable. At the same time, 83 percent of college students agree that using violence to end an event is “never acceptable.”
According to the survey, there seems to be a disconnect on how individuals of various races look at the issue of free speech.
More than six in 10 black students believe that inclusivity is more important than free speech, while 49 percent of Hispanic students believe the same thing. Just 42 percent of white students believe that inclusivity is more important than free speech, according to the survey.
Multiple colleges around the country have implemented mandatory “diversity” and “inclusion” classes for all students, including Tulane University, Georgia Southern University, and Clemson University. Syracuse University mandated a diversity course for all incoming students in fall 2018, but later admitted it “didn’t hit the mark.”
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