Should The First Amendment Violates Freedom Of Speech?

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College campuses have always been a hot spot for free speech arguments. Whether students are arrested for protesting the Vietnam War or getting expelled for using racial slurs, it all boils down to one common argument: the constitutional rights we have as American citizens according to the First Amendment. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech without prosecution, but some consider it a grey area. One major question that faces college campuses is, is it possible to create speech codes limiting the spread of offensive discourse that do not violate the First Amendment? And on the other hand, can we continue to allow the spread of offensive language if it violates the right to equal education granted by the Fourteenth Amendment? While I do believe speech codes violate our right to free speech established by the government, I believe we should provide more comprehensive education to prevent intolerant thoughts form forming in the first place. By providing these courses we can eliminate hate speech without violating any laws. The First Amendment, ratified in 1791, grants American citizens the rights to freedom of religion, press, and speech. Since then, the First Amendment has been criticized as being too broad and content based. Several court cases such as R.A.V v. the City of St. Paul, which ruled in favor of a man who set a cross on fire on his neighbor’s lawn because the Amendment is “impermissibly content based” and “overbroad”, and Offensive speech seems to be an ever growing phenomenon on college campuses, thanks to the rising popularity of social media. Some may blame it on this generation becoming more “politically correct”, but that simply isn’t true. Students have the right to go to school in an environment tha... ... middle of paper ... ...eir own opinions based on what they have heard in class, not blindly follow what everyone else is saying. Implementing diversity in classrooms is a way to broaden the horizons of young adult’s minds, not forcing thoughts upon them. Hypothetically, students will gain empathy as well as knowledge. As a result, the use of offensive speech and symbols would diminish. To sum up, the First Amendment is a confusing and poignant privilege. It is able to protect a myriad of situations, whether it is considered just by some or not. The freedom of speech we are granted however has allowed for hate speech to transpire throughout generations on college campuses. By implementing more respect, diversity, and critical thinking into classrooms across America, we as a society may be able to create a more peaceful and tolerant generation, eliminating the need for offensive discourse.
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