A new video from Reason TV slams student activists for their constant disregard for the First Amendment.
In addition to reaffirming what any sensible person already thought, the video also provides a bit of history lesson in case you've been too preoccupied to care about “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.”
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The description of the video says, “a lot of these student activists have the First Amendment in their crosshairs. At Amherst, students demanded the censorship of pro-free speech fliers. At Yale, students demanded the firing of officials who reaffirmed the right to wear offensive Halloween costumes. And at both Missouri and the University of Chicago, demonstrators physically prevented members of the media from talking to activist students. At Missouri, one of these censors was a professor—of journalism.
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Student activists say they want their campuses to become safe spaces. But they are conflating two very different kinds of safety. Of course students have the right to physical safety—universities are required prevent violence and illegal harassment on campuses. But too many students think they are also entitled to emotional safety.
Free speech isn’t an obstacle that prevents radical activists from getting what they want, it’s a necessary condition for them to promote their ideas. Students should fight racism and inequality on college campuses. And they'll actually need free speech to do that.”
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Reason absolutely nails it.
Give it a watch and sound off in the comments: do you think these students will realize the error of their ways?
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