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College students back free speech but also value inclusion

A recent survey revealed that colleges students value inclusivity in society almost equally with free speech. With a sampling of 4,407 students, the survey found that 58 percent of those polled are against restricting free speech, but 41 percent said that hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment.  (The Progressive Pulse, May 13, 2019, by Joe Killian)

Fifty-three percent said they favored free speech rights above all with 46 percent valued inclusivity more highly. Fifty-eight perent of women favored inclusivity whereas 71 percent of men favored free speech. White students with 58 percent gave protecting free speech rights higher priority with 60 percent of black students favored inclusivity. (O’Dwyer’s PR News, May 14, 2019, by Jon Gingerich)

Seventy-four percent of college men said that people were too easily offended by other’s comments. In contrast, only 51 percent of women said people were too easily offended. When asked if students should be more careful to avoid offending those with different backgrounds, 57 percent of black students and 38 percent of hispanic students agreed. Thirty-five percent of white students agreed. (Newsweek, May 14, 2019, by Jenni Fink)

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