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Free Speech: comfortable students want Universities to censor free expression on Yik Yak

by | 9th, February 2015

In the US of A, universities are clamping down on uncensorsed chatter.

Chapel Hill, N.C. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is considering banning a smartphone app that some say encourages hate speech, but other schools say free speech among students needs to be promoted. Yik Yak allows users post anonymously to a local bulletin board, and those posts can be seen only by people in a certain geographic area.

“People have been saying some very racist, very hurtful things,” said Ashley Winkfield, a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill who has kept a running tab of “yaks” that she finds troubling.

I find Winfield troubling. She’s a censor. If the law is broken, then Yik Yak can let the authorities know. But she’s a bansturbator.

During the height of the “Black Lives Matter” protests on campus last fall, for example, one person posted, “I really hate blacks, I’m going home where there aren’t any.”

Another poster said, “the way blacks are acting right now kind of justify a slavery.”

Dicks say dickish things. Mock them. Hold them up to ridicule.

Winkfield, though, is less sure-footed:

“These are people we are going to class with, people who we see every day, and they might have some type of ill will toward us,” she said.

So. Banning them from talking will help update their views how? By making them hide their idiocy? By not holding them up to scrutiny? But making them victims of censorship?

So much for the censorious. We can surely rely on the educators to uphold free speech and the right to offend:

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