Student columnist Danielle Porter penned an opinion piece earlier this week for The Pirates’ Log, Modesto Junior College’s student newspaper, lamenting censorship and the loss of freedom of speech not only on her own campus, but as a national trend across colleges and universities. Importantly, Porter acknowledges that it is not only the censoring forces that are to blame: to her, all who are complicit, even by apathy, enable the erosion of First Amendment rights. Porter writes:
We are losing our freedom of speech like sand through our fingers and we have no one to blame but ourselves. You can’t have freedom of speech unless you understand the definition and are willing to hear some of what you like and some of what you don’t.
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