Milennials against free speech

In general, I’m pretty comfortable with the idea that Millennials represent the future of our democracy.  Sometimes, though, I really worry.  Check out this chart from Pew:

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

Okay, at least 40% is still a minority, but that’s a disturbingly high number.  And this is not, “do you find this speech offensive,” “should people not say these things” or whatever, but literally, “the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things.”  Yeah, people shouldn’t be racist, but the idea of government literally forbidding such speech belongs in Soviet Russia, Saudi Arabia, etc., not America.  Ugh.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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