colleges & universities: are they still a bastion of free speech?
For anyone who has been following current events, the recent demonstrations and violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley, force us to ask the question - are our colleges and universities protecting free speech or following the dangerous trend of political correctness? UC, Berkley is known for its "legacy and reputation as a promoter and bastion of free speech" in the 60's but today's campus is taking a different direction - one that is risky for the next generations of college students.
Far-right speakers, like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos, have had speaking engagements cancelled due to safety concerns. Protesters have thrown rocks, set fires, and damaged buildings under the premise of protesting the speakers' hate-filled rhetoric but we must allow them to speak. It is our first amendment right to free speech that must be protected for all of our citizens, whether we agree with them or not.
Colleges must grow a backbone and teach students the importance of our right to free speech, as well as our right to peaceful protest. Let the fools speak - it puts you in a much better position to defend and promote your ideas if you know what the other side is thinking. Please share your thoughts on this subject on our Facebook page.