In another depressing sign that our nation’s youth are slowly but surely turning against the very constitutional principles that formed the foundation for this country, a new survey finds that nearly half of all college students believe that “hate speech” does not deserve protection under the First Amendment. While 58% still believe that even unpopular, vile speech should be protected by the Constitution, majorities of both women and black students think it crosses the line and should be punishable by law.
From Campus Reform:
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.”
The survey comes after a heated semester for free speech issues on campus. In late April, a Canadian professor argued that “vile little sh*tlords” who are passionate about free speech should be fired and harassed.
It would be a great thing for the future of this country if our young college students would spend a little more time researching the history of freedom and American democracy and a little less time forming mobs on Twitter. They might come across powerful quotes like this one from Benjamin Franklin:
“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”
Or this one from George Washington: “If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”
Now, these students will argue that nothing Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, or whatever conservative they’re hating this week says will further discussion, and, maybe for them, that’s right. But what they don’t understand is that a phrase like “hate speech” is extremely malleable. The people determining WHAT MUST NOT BE SAID today may not be the people making those determinations tomorrow. It could be that some of YOUR most cherished ideas will be classified as “hateful” in a few years. That’s why it’s such a brilliant idea to just stand back, let it all through, and allow the people to decide what’s worthy of attention and what isn’t.
We can survive a Richard Spencer here or a Louis Farrakhan there. We cannot survive the loss of our most important freedoms.