I guess we can no longer exchange our views in a civilized manner. Try Googling “freedom of speech universities” and you will see an exhaustive list of schools that are being sued, implementing “safe spaces,” even requesting millions in funding to explore the “issue” of the 1st Amendment. The trend toward political correctness on campus has seemingly trumped freedom of speech.
Do you remember in 2014 when Condoleezza Rice was invited to speak at Rutgers? Students and faculty were in such an uproar over the university’s decision to invite her that she was forced to back out. Protesters cried that Rice should not be the speaker given her involvement in the Iraq War during the Bush administration. The university’s dean was the only one to defend her selection. Furthermore, he stressed the importance for Rutgers to protect free speech and academic freedom.
Regardless of your political views, Condoleezza Rice stands as one of the most influential intellectual and political figures of our generation. When speaking at Boston College, students turned their backs when she spoke. My father would have kicked my ass if I was ever this disrespectful to anyone.
I never like to group or generalize when it comes to our society. But let’s get real: This initiative is driven by a contrarian base of college students (aka millennials). I found an appropriate quotation to conclude this article:
They want complete control over their personal lives, over their sex lives, over the use of drugs, but they want mommy and daddy dean to please give them a safe place, to protect them from ideas that maybe are insensitive, maybe will make them think.”—Attorney Alan Dershowitz