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Survey: 41 Percent of College Students Don’t Believe ‘Hate Speech’ Should be Protected

Survey: 41 Percent of College Students Don’t Believe ‘Hate Speech’ Should be Protected

“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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The Friendly Grizzly | May 23, 2019 at 12:10 pm

The number is shocking, certainly. But, this survey is of a group where very few have worked or lived on their own in the real world. Given that fact, I’m surprised the number is that low.

As a well-educated professional, I think I should understand normal English. “More than six in 10 black students believe that inclusivity is more important than free speech.” What the f___ does “inclusivity” mean in this context, as being “more important than free speech”?

Part of what the liberal pseudo-intellectuals do is to hide what they are saying by making up words that have little or no meaning in context. If we can’t understand them because of their bs verbiage, we can’t refute their statements!

I try in my writings to avoid language that the typical educated person cannot understand. Communication (that is, mutual understanding) is my goal.

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.

That’s not too bad. By about three to two, they seem to grasp the concept of free speech, and, even better, approve of the idea.

53 percent of college women contend it should not be protected

And that’s not too good. Over half either can’t grasp the idea, or grasp it but don’t like it.

The Nineteenth Amendment—the beginning of the end. (I can still say that . . . for now, at least.)

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to tom_swift. | May 24, 2019 at 10:36 am

    If an Article V convention ever comes to pass, the 19th needs reconsideration. I daresay most of the -teen Amendments need it. Voting rights need looking at as well. Welfare recipients, and net tax-takers should not be voting.

George_Kaplan | May 24, 2019 at 1:55 am

The problem is while the term hate speech sounds good, it’s an ill defined concept. Who gets to say which speech is prohibited? What if 2 groups consider the other’s basic terms and the expression of their fundamental identity hate speech? Seems like the Hard Left are using the concept of ‘hate speech’ to abolish the First Amendment rights of those they hate, and curtail talk about subjects and ideas they oppose.

41% of students are too stupid to be in college.

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