“Free” Speech on Campus

This article on the College Republican group at the San Fransisco State University highlights the group’s controversial tactics in getting their message out. One interesting quote from a university spokeswoman shows that the modern university’s respect for free speech is limited:

“Disagreements, expression, exploration of ideas and debate are in fact central to universities – and activities highly valued at S.F. State,” university spokeswoman Ellen Griffin said in an e-mail. “We teach our students to aspire to civil and responsible free speech that reflects tolerance, mutual respect and values of equity and social justice.”

So, it’s OK to exercise your right to free speech as long as it reflects the politically correct code words “tolerance,” “equity” and “social justice.” These words are code for saying that forms of speech that question the behavior of or criticize certain groups are not allowed. Not exactly “free” speech.

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