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Is it correct for university authorities to ban hate speech?

  • I think i am right

    I think if you have nothing nice to say don't say it at all. No one should be forced to listen to mean and cruel words about something. You have a total right to believe those thing but others also have a right not to listen to anything you say. Remember you rights end where someone else begins.

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  • Hate speech should be prohibited

    It is insane to think that this is even a topic of discussion. Why allow a certain group to just outright bully other students. This could introduce a lot of violence on universities that would not have happened without the hate speech. U think it is truly terrible that this is even a matter of discussion

  • Its the University, not the state

    If they dont want to, it is not necessarily a legal matter. But I think that the University should be able to keep people from showing hostility towards other students. Sure, you dont have to agree with everyone else, but if the University does not want to tolerate hate speech, thats the universities business.

  • Creates Hatred Towards Minorities

    Hate speech incites violence and hatred towards minorities. Hate speech is just bullying, and minorities are already the targets of bullying. A racial or religious minority could feel unsafe and unwelcome. Hate speech undermines an equal and peaceful society by targeting certain groups. We don't allow physical bullying, so why should we allow verbal bullying?

  • Students should have a hate free school environment

    How can they concentrate on growing and achieving their goals when they can not feel comfortable simply attending school with the fear of being offended. Hate comments are just not acceptable. Schools are meant for learning so how can its students be so ignorant. Student who use hate speech should be expelled.

  • Universities should be able to ban hate speech.

    I think universities should have the right to ban anything on their campus that they want to. What is done on the university's campus is reflected on the university itself. A university is not public property; therefore they should be able to make the rules as to what goes on there.

    Posted by: FemaleTyron73
  • A university is different from other public spaces, and students should feel safe there.

    If students want to make use of their right to free speech, they can pursue other venues outside of a college campus. Universities are institutions of learning with diverse student bodies. Hate speech could really disrupt the learning process and create an environment where other students feel afraid, be unable to speak up, or feel as if their thoughts and ideas are not equally valuable. Hate speech would most likely not be constructive or productive in class discussions. Especially in private universities, it is not unreasonable for the administration/authorities to attempt to ensure that all students feel comfortable and safe in their dorms and while in class. However, if the authorities attempt to enforce this ban outside of their jurisdiction (classrooms, dorms, etc.), then I would disagree.

    Posted by: R3idHuIk
  • Private universities need the power to ban hate speech, while public universities should reflect the law of the land.

    It's entirely reasonable for private universities to ban hate speech. They are not government institutions, so a restriction on hate speech would not violate any freedom of speech laws. Private universities, which are often for-profit, should be able to do what is in their best interests. They should be able to cultivate the type of students they want. All of this, however, is in contrast to public universities. Public universities need to mirror the laws of the land. Hate speech is constitutionally protected speech. If a public university banned hate speech, that would be a government imposed restriction on freedom of speech. Hate speech may make life uncomfortable for some students, but it's the price we pay to maintain our freedom.

    Posted by: StaceyMal
  • Yes, I agree that it is correct for university authorities to ban hate speech on campus, because everyone who attends has the right to feel safe and obtain the education they paid for without undue stress.

    It may be a person's right to speak his mind, even when what he is spewing is disgusting and ignorant, but there is a time and place for it. A university is a place for learning and everyone who attends, and has paid tuition, deserves to learn in an environment that is not hostile or fearful. Hatemongers can act a fool off-campus.

    Posted by: N3vinFace
  • A university should be a place where diverse ideas are freely exchanged, even when those ideas are controversial.

    The purpose of a university is the development of thinking and the exploration of ideas. There may be times in which those ideas are unpopular or controversial, and times in which they are even counter-productive. The prevailing idea behind bans on speech seems to be that it ostracizes certain groups or individuals when ideas are expressed. However, the better approach would seem to be to allow all ideas to be expressed, regardless of the content. Banning so called "hate" speech requires an interpretation of which ideas are harmful, which always bears the risk of an overly expansive censorship that degrades the free exchange of ideas.

    Posted by: N3r0nKrooI
  • While I find hate speech abhorrent, I think it's a slippery slope between banning hate speech and violating the First Amendment.

    Hate speech is abhorrent and often leads to nothing good. Despite that, the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the citizens of the United States the right to free speech. I think, in order to support the rights of the people I agree with to speak their minds, I also have to remember that those I disagree with are guaranteed those same rights.

    Posted by: TrainLock
  • All speech is important.

    If you ban "hate" speech, you then reserve the right to define who and what is protected. Perhaps the University says you can't hate the university. Or the government, or the government's actions. Banning any speech is a slippery slope.

    It shows the character of a person who speaks hateful things. But the character of the person is still the character whether or not it is being suppressed by rules. Men should be as they seem.

  • Freedom of speech is a top priority in our society, as is our safety. However hate speech can only be banned if it insights a direct uprising or viloence.

    The fact is we can't allow any speech to simply be restricted on a principle of political correctness. Once a restrictions are placed on a type of speech simply because it seen exceedingly controversial or even hateful, where is the line drawn? This leads only to a slippery slope and the demise of our Constitutional Rights. The only way to judge when a speech is to be banned or stopped is when it directly and immediately insights a violent response from the audience.

  • Banning anytype of speech limits our freedoms

    No, I diagree, University authorities should not ban anytime of speech even hate speech. By emforcing limition of speech, breads intolerance of opinion towards sexuality, race, and beliefs. Making laws or bans in protection of feelings is unrealistic because people come from all walks in life. Aside from that, it could cause students to be apprehensive in speaking against what they beleive.

  • I disagree that university authorities should ban hate speech, because of enforcement difficulties.

    I disagree that university authorities should ban hate speech as there is no efficient way to do so; however, a reasonable compromise, in my opinion, is that universities should not offer a venue for hate speech (so for example, should not allow speeches espousing opinions that constitute hate speech). The university is not responsible for the opinions of its affiliates, but it can control opinions representing the university or refrain from publicizing and offering a venue to air such opinions.

    Posted by: tahdoton
  • No, I disagree that a ban on any speech should be considered correct.

    Hate speech is degrading and hurtful to the minority groups affected but how can one decide what to and what not to ban? The American Constitution grants freedom of speech to all. Banning any speech is impeding on that right. There is no way to ban any speech without hearing the chant of "freedom of speech is my right" and in all honesty it is true. What might be hate speech to one might be simply slang to another. There is simply no way to ban any speech without crossing borders of rights.

    Posted by: EmoryAnguris
  • I think it is incorrect for university authorities to place bans on free speech because political correctness has gotten out of control.

    It is my opinion that universities should not get involved in defining and banning hate speech. The very idea of hate speech is subversive in nature and it is very difficult to draw a line between our Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and overstepping those boundaries. Hate speech would have to have an extremely broad definition in order for it not create discrimination on different groups or disabilities. For example, in this world of political correctness one of the things that people can still discuss, yell profanities about, and discriminate against is obesity. Is it more hateful to call someone a "N" word or a queer for example than it is to call someone a fat a**. In my opinion it is not. Furthermore, as adults we should understand that this is part of the price we pay for freedom of speech. Is it still worth it? Resoundingly- yes!

    Posted by: g0ggleslife
  • No, it is not correct for universities to ban hate speech because it al the least does provoke thought.

    It is not correct for universities to ban hate speech because it limits the freedom of speech and sets a dangerous precedent on promoting personal freedoms. While hate speech may be distressing to the masses, it does promote thought concerning ignorance and tolerance, and is security measures are in place it is no major threat the civil peace.

    Posted by: ThegaXen
  • I am opposed to a university banning hate speech.

    The concept of free speech is extremely broad and protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Free speech, whether to be used to praise or criticize the government is a fundamental right tracing its origin back to the Magna Carta. Universities are not immune from the protections afforded by the principals of free speech. For a University to ban a speaker because they are deemed to espouse hate speech, runs contrary to the principal that a University is a place of higher learning, and contrary to the belief we live in a free society where we may express our beliefs. While I may not like what you say, I will defend your right to say it. I simply will elect not to listen to you.

    Posted by: AGalloway

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