Free Speech and Diversity on Campus

In politics, education, and media, you have seen the vilification of race, gender, political affiliation, religion, etc. now more than ever. Everyone feels like they are under attack.

We’re allowing the political class to divide the citizens in our country along the lines of race, political ideology, religion, and sexual orientation.

We’re also allowing the professors on our college campuses across the United States tell students what they should think. If the students think a certain way that the professors do not agree with, they’re vilified and sometimes are made to feel like they’re ignorant, naïve, or just plain evil for having an opposing opinion or ideology.

What happened to the true meaning of diversity? Diversity isn’t just variety in race, gender, or religion, it’s also having a variety of opinions and views.

College campuses say that they’re promoting diversity on campus, but some professors are trying to push their own personal social and political views on their students. Students shouldn’t have to defend themselves against accusations hurled at them by professors and no student should be afraid to say what they think.

College campuses used to promote the free speech and the open exchange of ideas and now they’re becoming the champions of restricting speech that they deem inappropriate and stifling views that they oppose. They’re teaching young people to fear speech by equating it to physical violence.

This cannot stand, something needs to change. We need civilized dialogue between people with opposing views because this is the only way for students to work through their differences and understand each other better. It’s important that colleges support dialogue between students with opposing views, different life experiences, and different cultures.

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One comment

  1. Citation?

    Because otherwise this looks like: “Straight white Republican-identifying college students feel hurt and sad that no one wants to be friends with them because they support a political party whose positions range from open bigotry to outright lies, and who are literally and metaphorically blighting the American landscape with their indefensible politicization of everything from public education, clean water, and national parks to the social safety programs that keep the poor, sick, and elderly alive, in order to further enrich the already congenitally-wealthy.” Which isn’t quite as sad a story.

    Tolerance of blatantly incorrect information and bad-faith arguments doesn’t fall under the diversity umbrella. That excludes almost all iterations of American conservatism from participating in any meaningful discussion, right there.

    Also, you need to work on making your language sound journalistic and adult. This read like it was written by a fourth-grader. Not a smart fourth-grader. Stop whining about politics so much and look into auditing a composition class.


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