College protests spark free speech debates about First Amendment at Berkeley, Middlebury and on other campuses – Alabama News

College protests spark free speech debates about First Amendment at Berkeley, Middlebury and on other campuses – Alabama News

After a century of building free speech rights into our laws and culture, Americans are backing away from one of the country’s defining principles.

Set off by the nation’s increasingly short fuse, students, politicians, teachers and parents are not just refusing to hear each other out, we’re coming up with all sorts of ways of blocking ideas we don’t agree with.

In high schools across the country, teachers say they stay away from hot topics such as immigration and health care because so many parents complain when their kids encounter emotional issues in class.

At colleges from Berkeley to Middlebury, a year of protests, many aimed at blocking controversial speakers, led to Congressional hearings last week that could end up in sanctions against some of the schools.

On the internet, scores of anonymous posters are drumming targets into silence. In one case, actress Leslie Jones temporarily fled Twitter, feeling like she was in a “personal hell” from an onslaught of hacks and hateful posts. In another, a congressional candidate in Iowa quit…

click here to read more.

Share this post

Post Comment