College Students Log Growing Freedom-of-Speech Ignorance

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Leftist students protest an April, 2017, speech engagement by conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of California, Berkeley. College students are showing a growing ignorance of free speech priorities according to new research. (Reuters photo)

The Daily Mail – According to a new survey, 41-percent of college students say hate speech shouldn’t be protected under the First Amendment. Just 58-percent said that hate speech should be protected under the amendment that guarantees freedom of speech, according to 4,407 students asked by the Miami-based Knight Foundation.

“There is a new class of students on college campuses, increasingly varied in background and ideology, who are grappling with the reach and limits of free speech and what it means in the 21st century,” said Sam Gill, Knight Foundation vice president.

“Studying their views is key to understanding the impact that they may have on rights that are fundamental to our democracy,” he added.

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