This afternoon I discovered a newsletter at my university, possibly printed by the student union, and I red about how they are questioning the importance of freedom of speech because someone made comments on Twitter about raping someone. What’s stupid about it is that the person said he wanted to rape someone if she wore the dress that was either black and blue or white and gold because she claimed it caused him “emotional damage”.
Seriously? You’re going to question the moral value of freedom of speech because of the foolish statements of someone who is obviously a retarded nutcase? I mean really, anyone who takes that whole dress thing seriously enough to want to rape someone in that dress is beyond idiotic and the people who feel threatened by that are even more mentally weak.
Obviously if this person actually did commit to those stupid statements and went out and raped someone then he should be punished for it, but we must not let such the trite ravings of an obvious nutcase undermine everyone else’s free speech, and the innate moral worth of freedom of speech as a whole. I worry that the young people in student unions may not know the exact moral worth of freedom of speech, and why freedom of speech must be total, rather than chilled or partial, if liberty is to mean anything for mankind. At least that’s what I get from the fact that the majority of universities in the UK are home to student unions who actively censor students. Saying that however, my university doesn’t seem to be doing too bad (at least judging from the censorship index, which lists my uni as green), and in all honesty I have not yet challenged my student union on censorship or engaged in political issues with them. Then again, that might be because whenever I look into them they don’t seem to be up to anything at all.
Nonetheless, I maintain that students in university really need to put more thought into liberty and freedom, and take a stronger stance against censorship if they are to maintain those values, if they actually believe in them that is.