Don’t tell Va. Gov. Ralph Northam, Va. Attorney General Mark Herring or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (all liberals recently found to dressed as non-whites for fun), but a little more than half of American college students now support punishment for those who wear “highly offensive” Halloween costumes.
A recent poll by The College Pulse found that more than half of students at universities do not believe that dressing in such “offensive” costumes is protected free speech and support the notion that those who dress for a risqué laugh should “be punished.”
The survey was conducted among 1,501 university students, who were asked several questions regarding current events and societal norms. Questions included “Are highly offensive Halloween costumes (such as blackface) a protected form of free speech on campus, or should students who wear them be punished?”
A majority of students – 51 percent – replied that those who wear such costumes should “be punished,” while 49 percent said that “highly offensive” Halloween get-ups “a protected form of free speech.”
The “smarter” the respondents get, the more they seem to want to impose their intellectual superiority. The number of students at elite universities who say others should be punished for “offensive” Halloween costumes is even higher: some 58 percent of Ivy League students saying that wearing “offensive” costumes should have consequences.
California students predictably the most easily triggered by “insensitive” Halloween costumes, with three out of five students within the California State University system ready to mete out punishment for “offensive” costumes.
The poll comes just days after a separate survey found that a majority of U.S. young adults believe that “hate speech” should not be protected under the First Amendment, with 47 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 saying that jail time would be an appropriate punishment for those who use such speech.