CNN commentators Sally Kohn and Kirsten Powers appeared at the University of Missouri on Friday to discuss free speech on college campuses. You’d think there wouldn’t be anything to debate, really – who thinks we should start censoring ideas and viewpoints? Oh, well, Sally Kohn does. And she was proud to stand up at the symposium and say so.
Good thing her views are “acceptable” in the arena of public opinion.
“Where this whole debate comes from now is a critique of multiculturalism,” Kohn said of the free speech vs. safe spaces debate roiling across this country’s college campuses. She said that since conservatives were no longer “allowed,” socially, to criticize multiculturalism, they were now going after “diverse principles” as a way to be racist without seeming racist.
Kohn said it was fine with her if conservatives found themselves unwelcome in a college atmosphere. “If they feel like they can no longer speak against positive social change, good,” she said. “They think diversity is dumbing down humanity, or the greatness and exceptionalism of America. I’m happy that’s under assault.”
Powers noted that there was nothing threatening about free speech. She said there was no reason for anyone to feel “unsafe” because Christina Hoff Sommers or Ben Shapiro or Milo Yiannopoulos was on campus. “Speech,” she said, “is not in itself dangerous.”
But Kohn disagreed, telling Powers that two upper-class white women could not properly understand what free speech might do to those of other racial backgrounds.
“Feelings are valid,” she said. “I’m never going to argue with people’s feelings.”
Yeah right. Kohn doesn’t give a damn about the feelings of conservatives, does she? No, no. She’ll go to the ends of the earth to defend the feelings of a Muslim, no matter how irrational or contrary to the facts their thoughts are. But when it comes to conservatives, suddenly “feelings” don’t matter much anymore.
Throughout history, there have always been tyrants and fearmongerers who want to take power away from the people and put it in the hands of the state. And despite all the lessons we’ve learned from our ancestors going all the way back to the beginning of recorded history, there still exist people like Kohn who think people are too stupid to handle the responsibility of freedom.
That she exists is not a problem. That her views on censorship are starting to gain widespread acceptance in the Land of the Free…that’s a big problem.