Rationalizing Campus Censorship: Young Adults’ Brains Too Immature for Freedom

I don’t completely disagree with the idea of campus censorship, I simply insist that whoever owns the campus should decide what to censor. But with state governments “owning” many of these schools, and then the Federal government controlling these schools through Federal grants, we have basically set up a way to politically control speech.

So rather than having Christian college campuses and other private campuses each with the rules set up by their governing bodies, we have a centralized Federal system that controls the speech of many.

So consider the transcribed words from U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Michael Yaki explaining why our universities and colleges need to be First-Amendment-free zones:

Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do.

So when we sit back and talk about what is right or wrong in terms of First Amendment jurisprudence from a reasonable person’s standpoint, we are really not looking into the same referential viewpoint of these people, of an adolescent or young adult, including those in universities.

And I’m just wondering is, at some point why we don’t understand that because that has an impact, because that explains why all of us, many of us as adults often sit back and say God, I wonder why that young person took his or her life.

He or she had so much to look forward to when their brain processes information in a much different way than we do.

And because of that, and because of the unique nature of a university campus setting, I think that there are very good and compelling reasons why broader policies and prohibitions on conduct in activities and in some instances speech are acceptable on a college campus level that might not be acceptable say in an adult work environment or in an adult situation.

And I am just trying to figure out from you how you square your reliance on this kind of personal and jurisprudent line in the atmosphere of colleges and universities as you have a population of young people, who for lack of a better word, don’t process in the same way that we do when we’re in our late 20s and 30s.

Again, we are talking here about the political control of speech as a matter of set national policy. The context of these remarks, according to columnist Eugene Volokh, was a discussion of “both the handling of sexual assault claims and campus speech codes, with some of the discussion of the latter going beyond just sex and covering material that’s offensive based on race and other characteristics.” If you are wondering how all those topics belong together, welcome to the politically correct world of “dealing with sexual assault.”

Basically, you can vote when you’re eighteen and drink when you’re twenty-one but you are in a First-Amendment-free zone until at least your late twenties. That’s how our Federal authorities are rationalizing their campus power grab.