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Political correctness is curbing free speech

Anna Sharpe and Tea Franco

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Is political correctness ending free speech? That’s really all a matter of opinion. In some ways, no. Hate speech should not be protected by the beliefs of our forefathers in the Constitution. However, as citizens of the United States, technically we all are equal, right? Then, one group shouldn’t be represented more than the next. This is what political correctness does in regards to free speech. It protects the rights of one group, typically minorities, while compromising the rights of the other.
Political correctness chooses a side, not allowing the opposition to speak their mind and defend themselves. Typically, it chooses a liberal side, protecting the rights of minorities. While it is needed and completely justified in some cases, we cannot allow the opposing side to be silenced. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, sums it up perfectly when they say that “the same laws or regulations used to silence bigots can be used to silence you.”
Banning free speech on college campuses has stirred the debate. Colleges in Arizona have already created “free speech zones,” places where students can say what they want. Anything said outside of the zone must follow the college’s guidelines on what is considered appropriate speech. This is a blatant disregard of the first amendment. At first glance, it comes across as a sort of space for students’ to speak their minds; however, upon a closer look, these free speech zones are giving the students a limit to what they can or cannot say.
Microaggressions, possibly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard of, are also causing people to join the politically correct bandwagon. Microaggressions, defined by Psychologist Derald Wing Sue are “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.”
They are the products of overthinking and trying to bend someone’s comment to be racist, sexist, or homophobic, something it was not intended to be. This causes the push back on free speech, which in turn causes people with valid opinions, even though they might not be agreeable, to be quieted and ignored.
The reality of a new-wave liberal movement contradicting our right to free speech is truly disheartening and needs to come to an end.

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