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Is Saying Too Much Ever "Too Much"?

Updated on February 7, 2018

In this article I hope to show you what I think about free speech in society. I think free speech is a right to anyone since it is part of the First Amendment. If it becomes violent and disrespectful and sometimes deadly thats where it gets way worse.

What is free speech and when was it established?

Freedom of speech was established in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1791 along with freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and the right to assemble.

The link below is asking if there should be limits on free speech. Julia O'Reily and Ross Walsh debate this had to head. Julia arguing that certain limits on free speech are necessary while Ross Walsh is against her argument.

What about "Millennials"?

A millennial is someone reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century. Millennials now-a-days have opinions as strong as people who were born in 40's, 50's and 60's. So the "free speech" argument is definitely something you see in the media. So what exactly do millennials think?

What do "millennials" think of free speech?

Below is a video of former President Barack Obama commenting on the importance of free speech on college campuses at a town hall meeting at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 14, 2015. A lot of his statements speak true to college students who live or commute in college. Either side of the political chain you belong to he does make some valid points.

What about on college campuses?

So if President Donald Trump says it, its okay if I say it?

The link below is a podcast from NPR.org and its talking about how President Trumps rhetoric changes the way americans are now speaking. Chris Cradall a prejudice researcher at University Of Kansas mentions "It's not so much what's in your head and heart, as it is you looking around and seeing what's acceptable, seeing what's okay, seeing what people will tolerate. And the election changed people's notion of what was tolerable," Crandall says. I completely agree because over the years since Trump has been president there has been so much negative energy and riots and people voicing their opinions even if they are right or wrong. I believe Cradall's argument speak true to saying that if someone says something and no repercussions come out of it then I can say the same thing and have nothing happen.

“There are explosions happening everywhere. People are fighting. You’re not entirely sure who is an ally, who isn’t,” she says.

The subtitle quote comes from the article from time.com that is posted below talking about how riots took place at Berkeley College in Berkeley California. She did not give out her last name because she did not want to get harassed or worse if she stated her opinion which is absolutely insane because it shows the kind of society we live in and the question arises, is freedom of speech actually free?

A sign at a riot that took place and I believe the message on the sign of the picture is why the problems we have in society exist.
A sign at a riot that took place and I believe the message on the sign of the picture is why the problems we have in society exist.
This photo speaks to me because it is essentially a safe zone for people who feel impacted by racism and sexuality and etc to feel safe.
This photo speaks to me because it is essentially a safe zone for people who feel impacted by racism and sexuality and etc to feel safe.
Graffiti of someone applying graffiti to the brick wall.
Graffiti of someone applying graffiti to the brick wall.

Photos from the outside...

Above are different photos that explain my argument that saying too much at times can get you in trouble with other people and their feelings and beliefs. The first photo stood out to me because it is basically saying I will not conform in order for you to feel safe and comfortable. The second photo addresses safe spaces and how if you have something to say that goes against someone someones sexuality gender, race etc you are not wanted. The last photo is my favorite because as much as free speech is "free" to an extent conditions do apply the irony of the photo is humorous.

What do I think..?

In conclusion, I believe free speech has been taken way out of control especially with the recent election and the opponents and what they believe and don't believe. People get hurt by the smallest things but if violence and barbarity come into play it makes it so much worse. I believe in standing up for something you are passionate about like the #MeToo Campaign and police brutality but I believe becoming hostile defeats the purpose. Take your aggression out on something else and not on innocent people who don't believe the same thing as you do. Not everyone agrees with what you say. That's life.

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