Speech Police

Speech Police - Laura Rigsby English 1101/IZ Nan LoBue...

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Laura Rigsby English 1101/IZ Nan LoBue November 20, 2007 The Speech Police “Freedom of thought and expression is essential to any institution of higher learning” (Dunson, 1). That is what college is all about after all, to find oneself emotionally as well as academically. However, some colleges and universities have adopted speech codes to protect individuals and groups of people who have fallen victim to controversial and offensive language. Obviously, there are going to be arguments for each side of this much disputed debate. While some people feel that a speech code hinders students’ freedom of academic expression or willingness to learn, others think that some minority groups will always be subjected to attack and needs protection. Is this right? Should a college administration take away a constitutional right? As initially intended, speech codes are policies that forbid the expression of racist, sexist, homophobic, or ethnically demeaning speech, along with conduct or behavior that harasses (Dunson, 3). These policies are sometimes described as behavior codes, but also include restrictions on speech and language. Prohibited material can include all student papers, on campus speeches, rallies, and newspaper articles. Speech codes were put into action to protect certain minority groups that may be under more scrutiny than that of
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