Our rising generations don’t respect free speech because that’s what the public schools teach them, and nobody’s protecting them from indoctrination in un-American values by already indoctrinated teachers and peers.
Is that too assertive?
Last week, the Pew Research Center released a poll that indicated that 40% of millennials believe that the government should regulate offensive speech. Of course, when black students at colleges across the country are demanding protection from speech, thought, and microagresssions, this revelation should not prompt a cardiac event. Other groups that the poll indicates should be hanging their heads in shame: women (33% to their apparently less delicate male counterparts’ 23%), Democrats (35%…Who would have thought that this party would have seen its core values deteriorate to this point?”), and non-whites, even higher at 38% ( Does the melting pot still function, or are anti-speech attitudes coming in from across the border and melting ours?).
At Revere ( Mass.) High School, a senior cheerleader named Caley Godino was kicked off the team for issuing a politically incorrect (and incoherent) tweet, which read as follows:
‘When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal’
Other students complained, and instead of responding, as they should, “Her opinion was expressed off campus on her own private social media account, didn’t involve school matters or personnel, and is none of the school’s business or concern. Take it up with her, preferably on social media, and stop appealing to authority to protect you from free speech. This isn’t Yale,” the school banned her from cheering for the rest of the year.
Revere Superintendent Dianne Kelly, proving that she is dead-fish ignorant of free speech principles, said that the school district believes in freedom of speech, but will not tolerate ‘insensitive language’. Now that makes sense. She went on, just to eliminate all doubt about her Orwellian version of “free speech,”
“If you’re going to stand up and say something that other people will find offensive or hateful, then you need to be prepared to deal with the ramifications of that.”
You know, like government penalties and re-education camps. This is technically known as “chilling free speech and expression.”
Now the school is creating a curriculum to teach students about cultural sensitivity. Come on, guys, you can do it! You can have that speech suppression score over 50% in no time.
Why aren’t parents (and the ACLU—this is their job, after all) converging on the school and demanding Caley’s reinstatement, an investigation of anti-speech, pro-progressive conformity pressure coming from teachers and administrators, and the replacement of the ignorant, censorious superintendent?
Gee, maybe 90% of the city is illegal.
Everyone has to fight this growing assault on free speech, or we will lose it.
In that regard, please note that Hillary Clinton this week apologized for using the term “illegal immigrants” to describe, well, illegal immigrants, and called it a “poor choice of words.” It was a poor choice of words although it was true and accurate, or rather because it was true and accurate—can’t have that. But she was criticized for sinking to honesty—admittedly a novelty for Hillary–by irrelevant challenger Martin O’Malley, who uses the misleading, deceptive and offensive term “New Americans.” (Why don’t the Democrats just agree to call illegal immigrants legal immigrants, and be done with it?)
Hillary has promised never to use that mean old, accurate term “Illegal immigrants” again.
Progressives can let her cheer now!
Pointer: Jonathan Turley
Facts: Daily Mirror