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Discipline Students for Violation of Free Speech

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In an answer to the petition "Don't Discipline Students for Protesting White Supremacy", I, as United States citizen, free thinker and promoter of free speech, demand that students that violated the free speech of the individuals in question during the interruption get reprimanded.

As their defense, they have brought the view of Suzanne Goldberg on the protests: "it is foundational to Columbia’s learning and teaching missions that we allow for the contestation of ideas, as President Bollinger has often made clear.”

The students in question clearly misunderstood or misinterpreted that message. Contestation of ideas is done through free speech, by promoting ideas against other ideas. For that to be done, all ideas must be allowed to be spoken. Even the ones you disagree with or the ones that would offend you. By censoring the other party from speaking their mind, you are effectively violating their fundamental right to free speech.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.



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