Millennials Seek To Ban Offensive Speech

Millennials Seek To Ban Offensive Speech


Millennials Seek To Ban Offensive Speech

Even though a larger share of Millennials favour allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.


U.S. Millennials More Likely to Support Censoring Offensive Statements About Minorities

In contrast with American Millennials, those ages 18 to 34 in Germany and Spain are more likely to say people should be able to say things offensive to minorities compared with those ages 35 and older. On the other hand, in the UK, the younger generation follows the lead of American Millennials by being less open to this form of freedom of speech and more willing to allow government restrictions. There are no significant age differences in France, Italy and Poland on this question. pewresearch

Millennials Seek To Ban Offensive Speech

Both British and American universities are now grappling with a fundamental clash of cultures, pitting an older generation of liberals who believe free speech should be protected at all costs against a younger generation that is both quicker to take offence and, crucially, much more anxious about giving it. Going back to speak to students at my old university last year, I was struck less by a zealous desire to police speech than by their desperation to avoid hurting other people’s feelings by displaying even inadvertent prejudice. They came across not as hysterical snowflakes, but as earnest and thoughtful.

What universities need from the outside world isn’t fines, but help in showing that censorship can be just as dangerously abused; that blocking arguments you don’t like doesn’t make them go away; and that debating issues face-to-face in a controlled environment is still the best way of thrashing them out. If we want students to crawl out of their safe spaces, their elders must think rather harder about what made them feel so unsafe in the first place. The Guardian

Millennials willing to Give up Free Speech for a price

When legal scholar Jonathan Turley visits a college campus, he often asks the students whether they would be willing to sell him their freedom of speech for $150,000.

“I used to say a million dollars and it was terrible,” he said. “They couldn’t really get the million dollars in their head. If you say $150,000 they say, ‘That’s four years of college.’ Usually about half of them would raise their hands and you can see why, because they really don’t see what free speech does for them, what impact it has on their lives.

“Polls indicate that 40 percent of millennials favor speech codes and government sanctions for offensive speech. And what really worries me the most is we’re losing this coming generation,” he said. “If the next generation views free speech as such an abstraction that it’s not even worth 150 grand, we have a serious problem of whether free speech will continue in this country the way that it has. Courthousenews

Millennials are okay with giving up their Free Speech rights

2016 Gallup poll found that 69% of college students believe universities should restrict intentionally offensive speech. (The poll distinguished between political speech and intentionally offensive speech, but recent events on campus suggest that is an easily blurred distinction.) A 2015 Pew survey found that 40% of millennials think the government should restrict speech that is offensive to minorities. Forbes

Originally published May 31, 2016

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So funny, you seem to forget which generation raised Milennials. If we’re such a disaster, maybe older adults need to take a look in the mirror?

Tactical Investor

The Baby boomers are not against free speech. In fact I am not a baby boomer, and I feel that Millennial for the most part are asleep and too spoiled. There is no reason whatsoever to try ban the right to free speech.