In a recent Brookings survey of current undergraduate students at U.S. four-year colleges and universities, researchers found that "Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses." A lack of understanding of First Amendment protections imperils the future of free speech. Is it to late to fix the underlying misconceptions?
UC Berkeley has stated repeatedly its support of free speech including hate speech. As a result, the city has reeled from protests which have led to fires, fireworks, and fights. Thursday another controversial speaker - ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro - is visiting and police are asking to brace themselves with pepper spray to protect everyone's First Amendment rights.