The Fordham University president reviled the school’s College Republicans for inviting Ann Coulter so harshly that the group cancelled her talk; however, infanticide advocate Peter Singer is an approved speaker.
This is the perfect example of the type of implicit censorship discussed in Bill Whittle’s new video, which reviews disturbing cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities that have undermined students’ First Amendment protections, stifled healthy discourse on politics, and taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society. In turn, this has polarized dialog on key issues of the day throughout the entire country.
This witty and graphically interesting video explains how higher education fails to teach its students to become critical thinkers by supercharging ideological divisions, promoting groupthink, and encouraging an unscholarly certainty about complex issues.
A study by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) shows that 65% of the 392 American college campuses investigated have implemented speech codes that violate the First Amendment defenses on free speech. Enforcement of these codes has included administrators and faculty convincing students that “freedom of speech is the enemy of social progress” and that any speech that offends should be silenced.
Whittle reviews the 2008 case of of Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The school’s administrators found guilty of racial harassment for merely reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan during his work breaks. After extensive media coverage and a vigorous defense from FIRE’s staff, the finding against Sampson was overturned and his school record was cleared.
The video was produced to support the efforts of the FIRE and its president, Greg Lukianoff, who has released a new book entitled Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.