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Campuses Want Students to Turn Each Other In for “Offensive” Speech

If only the Founding Fathers had anticipated microaggressions and mentioned them specifically in the Constitution.

From the Washington Examiner:

Universities are the cradle of free speech, where ideologies and ideas clash, where academics and activists can agree, disagree, or be disagreeable. This is particularly true in the United States, where the First Amendment zealously guards against government surveillance and intrusion into free speech.

Yet at hundreds of campuses across the country, administrators encourage students to report one another, or their professors, for speech protected by the First Amendment, or even mere political disagreements. The so-called “Bias Response Teams” reviewing these (often anonymous) reports typically include police officers, student conduct administrators and public relations staff who scrutinize the speech of activists and academics.

This sounds like the stuff of Orwell, although even he might have found the name “Bias Response Team” to be over-the-top.

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9 Responses to Campuses Want Students to Turn Each Other In for “Offensive” Speech

  1. Turning people in for offensive speech is common in authoritarian environments. Why even back in the good old days of the SOviet Union and Communist China, children regularly reported on their parents.

    Whatever are these people thinking? Not thinking.

    • Exactly. Linguistic programing. Newspeak. From Merriam-Webster:

      “Newspeak was a language favored by the minions of Big Brother and, in Orwell’s words, “designed to diminish the range of thought.” Newspeak was characterized by the elimination or alteration of certain words, the substitution of one word for another, the interchangeability of parts of speech, and the creation of words for political purposes. The word has caught on in general use to refer to confusing or deceptive bureaucratic jargon.”

  2. What about the incredibly offense speech used by the SJWs? Every second word out of their mouths is f*ck. If anyone should be schooled for using offensive speech, it’s idiots like Madonna, Ashley Judd and others who openly call for something terrible to happen to the duly elected President. Threats like they make used to be against the law.

  3. What if I believe that “race X” is inferior to “race Y”. Am I still free to believe that? What if I happened to verbalize “I believe race X is inferior to race Y”? That may be offensive to many people, but I think I am still free to believe and say this if I choose. Am I?

    Not saying that I do have racist beliefs, but if someone did, are they not free to believe what they have been taught? Or should they be executed, or maybe sent to reprogramming camps..?