According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, about 30% of college students favor censorship. That’s up from 22% two years ago.
Even more alarming, 53% of students believe “promoting an inclusive society” is a higher priority than protecting free speech rights. Over a third say it is sometimes acceptable to shout a speaker down, and one in 10 approve of violent disruption.
The last figure may seem small, but it means some 2 million collegians in the United States believe it can be OK to use violence to stop speech they don’t like.
Commonly used deplatforming efforts also have a chilling effect, especially when they involve violent mobs — all to familiar in the Bay Area.
It won’t be long before exercising your First Amendment right could get you killed.