Speech Police and ‘Safe Spaces’

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By L. Brent Bozell III

Freedom of speech is in the First Amendment for a reason. Freedom begins with the ability to speak your opinion without fear of censorship or violent reprisal or imprisonment. This is a precious human right, not something that most countries in the world revere like we have. But here in America, free speech is most dangerously under attack in the one place you would not expect: the universities.

Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla have created a new documentary on the subject called “No Safe Spaces.” Prager announces near the outset that a Pew Research Center survey found 49% of college students do not support free speech if it’s designated as “hate speech.” He asked, “Do you know how moronic that is? The issue of free speech doesn’t apply to love speech. Nobody ever threatened love speech.”

Prager objects to people who say all humans yearn to be free. He said it’s more common for humans to yearn to be taken care of. “We have raised a generation to believe that to be taken care of is more important than liberty.”

The documentary includes Carolla testifying before Congress about the current generation on campus. “They grew up dipped in Purell, playing soccer games where they never kept score and watching ‘Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!’ And we’re asking them to be mature.” He can’t stand the idea that radical students are running the campus, while the administrators surrender. “We need the adults to start being the adults.”

Then there are chilling examples of how the left wants to censor speech they don’t like. One white woman reads into a microphone: “There will be resistance, and it will not be peaceful. Resistance to violent hate speech is not another act of hate. It is an act of love.” Later in the film, her rant continues: “There is no free speech for fascists. Their words are violent, and for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

 

Obviously, the main targets of censorship at American colleges are the conservative speakers invited to campus. They may seem like rare external threats when the faculty doesn't have any troublesome right-wingers to challenge them in the classroom. "When you are conservative, you are not wrong. You are evil," Prager summarizes. "They have to think you're evil. Otherwise, they have to debate us."

But the film also explores liberal professors and teaching assistants being punished for crossing the speech police. We're glad we've reported on some of these, such as Nicholas and Erika Christakis at Yale, who they crusaded to drive off campus for expressing the sentiment that children should be allowed to choose their own Halloween costumes.

The central exhibit is Bret Weinstein, who was forced out at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, after he, as a white male, dared to show up and teach during a "Day of Absence," when all white people were supposed to avoid coming to campus.

And they bring in liberal and leftist voices, like Van Jones and Alan Dershowitz, to defend free speech. The most prominent one is former President Barack Obama. "Anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them," Obama said at an education town hall in 2015. "But you shouldn't silence them by saying, 'You can't come because I'm too sensitive to hear what you have to say.'"

By the film's end, you can sense that the censorious excesses have been punished. But it certainly doesn't mean this problem is over. Free speech on campus is an ongoing battle, so this movie needs to be seen — far and wide.

4 thoughts on “Speech Police and ‘Safe Spaces’”

  1. It is a high time for adult and fact-based news reporting, as well as civil conversation on Social Medial, if we want to preserve the foundation of this country (USA – the best in the world) was built on.
    • However, unfortunately today it all depends where one gets their information – 50% from Social Media – a true journalism has disappeared with the 24/7 news cycle
    • As all of us know, if you repeat the miss-information often enough (and in multiple outlets), it will become a generally accepted fact
    • Everyone has the right to their own opinions (not facts) and ADULT life style choices, but nobody has the right to impose, intimidate, blackmail, dictate, or legislate as to how rest of us (individuals, corporations) should believe, think, and function.
    • There are three sides to each story – yours, mine, and the truth somewhere in the middle, since none of us are totally objective, nor do we have all the relevant facts on hand at the time.

    When small activist groups attempt to do that, what is that – Anarchy?

    • 4.6% are LGBTQ
    • 0.6% Transgender – now allowed to destroy women/girl sports
    • 1.0% Muslim

    So why are these groups a part of just about every (federal, state & local) political conversation and regulation, and often at the expense of the majority?

    Check this out and draw your own conclusions – where are we today with Eight Steps to Destroy America
    https://rense.com/general62/destroy.htm

  2. Decline of the Society

    On May 12, 1780, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail,

    “I must study politics and war that my sons have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. . . in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”

    to which we could add, “so that their children can hide from the world in their safe spaces”

    As Einstein stated: “Education is not learning the facts, but teaching the brain to think”

  3. It’s seem leftist coddled children have forgotten Benjamin Franklin’s admonition, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

    Yet it’s they who’re driving the agenda to end what was the Great American Experiment.

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