In the article above, the author explains to the audience the importance of free speech on the college campus according to the opinion of the organization FIRE, which is an acronym for Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. FIRE believes that freedom of speech is solely responsible for the vitality of intellect on a university. In other words, without the competition of ideas and beliefs, the very essence of liberty and the education that comes with it is at stake on these college campuses. FIRE is taking a stand against those universities who expect all students to partake in one viewpoint on subject matters or otherwise face disciplinary charges. Justice is not just the enforcement of the will of the powerful, it is when the rights of all people are protected no matter the stance they take.
Roseanne Xia, the author of the above article from the LA Times discusses the recent mishaps with free speech on college campuses and the reactions scholars, students, and bystanders had. Parav Jandhyala, co-founder of BridgeUSA a nonpartisan group at UC Berkley, stated, "The driving pupose of free speech is creating an environment where you're willing to listen to all different perspectives, form your own from listening... and also be willing to challenge and debate with others and engage in discussion with the people that you disagree with." He also told spectators the fight of where to draw the line in in hate speech and free speech should not be so focused on protecting free speech for free speech's sake, rather it needs to focus more on emphasizing the power of engagement. The issue of hate speech vs. free speech is much deeper than what it appears on the surface, and can only be settled with an agreement of all people to give the effort to learn from all different perspectives.
In this article, Neal H. Hutchens gives an opinionated observation on the issue of states punishing student protesters. The state of Wisconsin recently passed a campus free speech bill that requires public colleges to punish students who disrupt speakers on campus. This bill has not been passed by the state senate yet. In the author's opinion, the bill is intended to protect the right of campus speakers to be heard, but it is seeking to accomplish this goal in a way undermining to student free speech of all kinds. Hutchens believes that institutions should not restrict students' first amendment rights of free speech to strict borders on campuses, also known as "free speech zones." These zones, on many campuses country wide, allow students free speech only in certain areas on campus. The Wisconsin law would ban free speech zones, and require institutions to punish student protestors.
At debates on college campuses all over the United States, violence is erupting because of disagreement between groups of people. There is a growing intolence for the exchanging of ideas. Free speech quickly escalates into violence. This article, written by Elliot C. McLaughlin, states that students are getting quicker to shut down opposing ideas without any consideration of listening to the other side of the argument, whatever the argument may be. For example, in feburary of 2017, riots broke out at UC Berkley when Milo Yiannopoulos came to speak on campus. These riots were caused by people simply not willing to allow other perspectives to be shared. The article also touches on a couple of questions concerning the Trump's administration way of carrying itself, and the effects of hate it may be spreading on both sides of the political belief system.