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    Vincent BadagliaccaFeb 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Elizabeth, you so right to be concerned about this issue, especially as you and your classmates will soon be confronted with the assault on free speech so prevalent these days on university campuses.
    While our founders were indeed flawed (aren’t we all?), that doesn’t detract from their incredible wisdom in creating the greatest charter of freedom the world has ever known, our Constitution, and with it, the guarantees of liberty found in our Bill of Rights. Ben Franklin said this about free speech:
    “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
    If we don’t demonstrate civility toward and respect for the ideas of others, we never listen to or challenge existing norms or the ideas we hold. They are never put to the test. We might not agree with others, but we should listen to, think about, and analyze their ideas. If we don’t, all of us suffer from an incrementally diminished and less vibrant liberty.

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    Rick BriaFeb 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I am amazed how well written and on target this article is. So much so that I was compelled to comment.
    You are wise beyond your years.

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    Nina RosenblumFeb 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Political correctness, in my opinion, is benign. For instance, calling Native Americans what they ARE, and giving them the respect they, and every other ethnic culture deserves, instead of referring them as “Indians,” which is incorrect and based on notions that were disproved HUNDREDS of years ago. (talk about outdated)
    It’s beneficial for society that outdated, incorrect and and often offensive phrases are eliminated or replaced…to promote tolerance and unity.
    I think we can all agree, calling someone “mentally impaired” is inherently better than “retarded.”
    The root of changing phrases that are normalized to categorize a group of people is because they have derogative connotations that have been used in the past to ridicule or mock. The connotation sticks.
    Speech, as a constantly evolving social force, as you mention, should not be censored, but modern society pushes us now to be more understanding, less ignorant and dispose of deep seated biases that shape our view of the world before we can even experience it.
    This is the true purpose of Politically Correct terms.
    Universities, encourage, not punish the use of these terms, such as…
    illegal alien, crazy, insane, retarded, “tranny,” gay, gypped, “fag,” ghetto, and “raghead,” according to a The College Fix report.
    The University of Michigan also does not want students using phrases like, like “I want to die” and “that test raped me.”
    At universities, it is not an infringemnt of free speech, because there is no enforcement.
    “This program is intended to be educational, not regulatory. We hope there is only the understanding that we all participate in, and have the power to influence campus culture.” said Dean of University of Michigan, according to
    Using these terms will not bring unity. If anything, it will cause even more disunity than you claim there is. These terms perpetuate the issue of transphobia, homophobia, sexism, ableism, (etc.) and do not determine “individuality”or “freedom of thought.”
    If those are the values that you truly believe, then there are millions of words to use to express your opinion rather than the widespread and diluted slang used today.
    Just my thoughts. This is a well written article.

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    Izzy SioFeb 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Elizabeth this is so well-written and powerful, and I loved every word of it! The graphic is amazing too 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

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