As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news - and what you should know about - this week.
“But if the discussion, for the most past, centers on whether sitting for the national anthem is an appropriate means of protest, did Kaepernick fail? He sat because of what he perceives is racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. That’s not what his colleagues or politicians or even the media are talking about four days after the incident.”
Did Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Fail?, The Atlantic
"The fight for free speech on campus clearly has a way to go. The goal of the college experience should be to expose students to different cultures, experiences, viewpoints, even cuisines. That means that universities need to exert more control over what happens not only in the classroom, but also in the dormitory and the dining hall.”
Chicago’s Safe Place for Free Speech, Bloomberg View
Reactions to the University of Chicago dean’s letter against shielding students from controversial or offensive ideas. To the New York Times Editor: Re University of Chicago Rebels Against Moves to Stifle Free Speech.
Free Speech on Campus, The New York Times
“After years of tolerating dissenters who shouted down unpopular speakers on campus, the school is now considering a policy of meting out suspensions, expulsions or other punishment for those it sees as violating free speech rights.”
"It is hardly the best use of scarce bar resources to disipline lawyers who may violate a vague rule that prohibits some speech even if the speech related to conduct that does not violate state or federal law. Yet the new rule offers one possible advantage: It may ameliorate underemployment among lawyers, since so many will be needed to meet the demand the rule creates."
The ABA Overrules the First Amendment, The Wall Street Journal