McLaughlin takes a closer look into the consequences that some public universities have experienced as a result of allowing the first amendment right of free speech on their college campus. He specifically talks about Auburn University trying to cancel a speaker four days in advance, but a public judge told the university that they must hold the speaker due to the first amendment. As a result of this speaker coming to campus, two of the people got in a violent fight and were both arrested. McLaughlin points out that many universities solve incidents like this by not bringing controversial speakers to their campus. By college campuses taking this bold move, McLaughlin states that many students remain silent, because they are too scared to speak up for what they believe. One student discussed how not giving students the proper environment to speak up for things they believe in, there will be no progress on change in society. There are some students that voice their opinions, but as a result get shamed in class and on campus. McLaughlin discusses that there needs to be a middle ground met by all parties involved. There needs to be a solution that allows both parties to respectfully speak up for their values and beliefs, but limit the violence that occurs on college campuses. He believes that the young people in society have the power to change the path that society is going and if they aren't given a safe and welcoming environment to do so , it will be harmful to society.
Caroline Simon acknowledges that like any other issue in America, political parties takes side. She takes a closer look into what three conservative students believe on the issue of free speech on college campuses. Alison Heistand believes that allowing freedom of speech means that any speaker has a right to attend campus. She believes that sensitive topics need to be discussed, even if it makes people uncomfortable. She said that the beauty of having the ability to have free speech is to defend the speech that isn't popular. Furthermore, Pieter Sittler, a student at Berkeley; believes that the dominance of the liberal views is the problem. He believes that the Republican party gets a bad image and gets shamed for any view point they betray. He is an active believer in being able to use his free speech to speak up for his beliefs and values, even if they aren't always accepted by his classmates. Lastly, Joe Frissora is thankful that he attends Northeastern University, where he believes his freedom of speech is protected. He is able to speak open and freely in class without feeling like he is going to be shut out by the classmates and professors that don't agree with him. He does acknowledge that freedom of speech can be hurtful towards others, but he believes that there is a respectful way to disagree with the opposing party.
Nicholas Dirks discusses the after effects that University of California- Berkeley are experiencing as a result of having the speakers they did this past winter and spring. Driks argues that the issue that the University has is that they didn't find the politics of the situation, but in turn started to monitor the speech of all of their students on campus. By doing this, Dirks argues that the University does not let their students practice their first amendment right. Dirks acknowledges the importance of making minority groups feel welcome on a big campus, but he doesn't think that monitoring people's freedom of speech is going to solve the problem of hate speech. However, he believes that the loss of faith in society has a huge impact on why there is so much hate speech today. He voices that because people come from all different political parties, that it is essential that our faith bring us together during times that challenge our beliefs and values.
Rosanna Xia discusses the issues that free speech as resulted on many college campuses around the United States of America. She more specifically talks about the case of "hate speech" that took place at Berkley the past year due to them allowing Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at their campus. Xia talks about other cases that have happened on campus that have resulted in speakers and students getting injured. One of the issues at hand is that many people try to overlook this issue. Xia argues that the issue of free speech and hate speech both need to be equally talked about. The more that it is talked about it in society, Xia believes the more people become educated and can control the language the use.