A look at the 10 worst colleges for free speech

A look at the 10 worst colleges for free speech

August 16, 2019 39 By Stanley Isaacs


>>Sean: THERE WAS A TIME WHEN AMERICAN COLLEGES WERE HIVES OF FREE SPEECH AND INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. NOW THEY ARE FAMOUS FOR TOLERATING NO DISSENT WHATSOEVER. SPEAK OUT AS A STUDENT, YOU CAN BE SUSPENDED OR FLUNKED, MORE INSIDIOUSLY, SPEAK OUT AS A PRESIDENT, YOU WILL FRIGHTENED OR FIRED. OR TRY TO BRING NEW IDEAS TO CAMPUS, YOU’LL PROVOKE A RIOT. WE SAW THAT THE UC BERKELEY, WHERE MILO YIANNOPOULOS VISITED. [PROTESTER NOISES]>>Sean:>>Tucker: MOST CAMPUSES ARE PRETTY PRETTY BAD. BUT WHICH ONES ARE THE WORST? THANKS FOR COMING ON. WHAT ARE THE WORST SCHOOLS FOR HIS FREE-SPEECH?>>IT’S A WIDE FIELD. WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT SCHOOLS ARE IN THEIR PLACE ON THE LIST, I CAN THINK, HOW CAN I GET ANY CRAZIER? I END UP KICKING MYSELF. LET’S START WITH UC BERKELEY, THE COLLEGE THAT REALLY KICKED IT OFF AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, WHERE A PRESENTATION BY MILO YIANNOPOULOS WAS CANCELED AFTER PROTESTERS TOOK THE STREETS AND OVERWHELMED THE POLICE. COMMITTED PROPERTY DAMAGE, VIOLENCE, AND ENDED UP JUST CAUSING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MAYHEM.>>Tucker: YEAH, THEY DID.>>UC BERKELEY HAS KIND OF BEEN ON THE MEND SINCE THEN. THEY PAID AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR VARIOUS FREE-SPEECH EVENTS, ALTHOUGH NOT WITHOUT ALLEGATIONS THAT THEY FIRST TRIED TO STIFLE AND CENSOR THAT SPEECH. THEY PAID ABOUT $800,000 FOR BEN SCHAPIRO, I BELIEVE. THEY CURRENTLY ARE FACING A LAWSUIT REGARDING A SPEECH THAT WAS PLANNED BY ANN COULTER, WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RECENTLY FILED A STATEMENT OF INTEREST.>>Tucker: WE FOLLOW THAT PRETTY CAREFULLY, HARVARD ON THE LIST, DREXEL ON THE LIST. WHY DREXEL?>>DREXEL PROFESSOR TWEETED, IN HIS WORDS, SATIRICAL AND JOKING TWEET REGARDING WHITE GENOCIDE. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS WHITE GENOCIDE, POKING FUN AT THE IDEA THAT WHITE GENOCIDE IS A THING THAT EXISTS. SOMEWHAT PREDICTABLY, THE INTERNET ERUPTED IN OUTRAGE WITH CALLS FOR HIS FIRING, AND HE WAS SUSPENDED AND INVESTIGATED BY DREXEL AND HE HAD TO KEEP HIMSELF OFF CAMPUS BECAUSE DREXEL SAID THAT THE ENVIRONMENT WAS NOT SAFE FOR HIM. EVENTUALLY SAID, I CAN’T COME BACK INTO EACH YEAR. THIS IS NOT GOING TO WORK.>>Tucker: UNBELIEVABLE. LET ME ASK YOU A QUICK QUESTION. YOU STUDY THE STUFF FOR A LIVING. IF YOU HAD KIDS ABOUT TO GO TO COLLEGE, WOULD YOU WANT TO SEND THEM TO ANY COLLEGE, IF SO, WHERE WOULD YOU WANT TO SEND THEM?>>FIRST THING I WOULD DO WOULD GO TO THE WEBSITE AND LOOK UP OUR SPEECH CODE RATINGS AND SEE WHICH SCHOOLS ARE PROTECTING THEIR STUDENTS EXPRESSIVE RIGHTS, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE. THEN GO LOOK AND SEE WHAT KIND OF CONTROVERSIES HAVE HAPPENED ON CAMPUS. I AM PRETTY SURE THAT I WOULD WANT MY CHILDREN TO FEEL FREE TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE PEOPLE THEY WANT TO ASSOCIATE WITH AND NOT BE TOLD WHO THEY CAN AND CANNOT