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Re: “A challenge on campuses: protecting speech we hate

First of all, it's fucking rich that someone from R.I.T. is pretending to care about protecting free speech. I went there and attempted to start an SJP chapter as a student group. R.I.T. has a campus policy ( as of 3 years ago) where new student groups formed for political purposes can not receive charters as R.I.T. student groups (the way frats or other common interest groups do.) Literature distributed or posted by non sanctioned groups can be removed by admin and students posting it sanctioned. Unless he is working on this issue, Fornieri is a class A hypocrite at best.

Second, let's stop wringing our hands about protecting those who spout misinformation disinformation and hate speech from the consequences of doing so to people who know the truth and know the stakes of letting thir ideas get traction. Freedom of speech does not now and NEVER HAS meant freedom from consequences.

To illustrate, I have NEVER had to edit myself, as a leftist, as much as I did as an RIT student. That's because I was often in classes with people who were conservative who I knew I may have to work with later. I'm sure (judging from racist graffiti and a few candid conversations) they had to keep in some of their ass-backwards bigotry. People make calculations about what they will tell others based on social consequences all the time. That is not limiting free speech or assembly by an overbearing government. THAT IS THE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS AT WORK. If what you say makes people angry or fearful enough to want to risk ruining the rest of their lives to stop you from saying it, you probably deserve to be afraid to open your mouth. Coddling racists and those with similar unpopular viewpoints and providing them protected platforms amounts to subsidizing the value of their arguments and amplifying them.

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Posted by TrojanDan on 03/29/2017 at 8:57 PM

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