Colleges should limit "hateful rhetoric" on campus, according to Richard Walker, a University of Central Florida sophomore and member of the Knights for Socialism.
“The university’s first responsibility is ensuring the safety and well-being of their students,” Walker, 19, told the Orlando Sentinel. “It might be just words now, but if you let that sort of thing come into the public discourse and become widely accepted, it doesn’t stay words.”
Walker said he believes colleges should ban speech viewed as racist or defamatory, a concept that concerns First Amendment advocates, the report said. The problem lies in getting everyone to agree on what is truly "hate speech," advocates said.
Generally, the First Amendment protects free speech except for statements that are slurs or epithets likely to cause a violent reaction, the report noted.
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