A Pew Research Center poll showed that 40% of Millennials and 35% of Democrats would want the government to prevent people saying things that are offensive to minorities.
I proudly wear my “social justice warrior” badge, but even I find this to be ridiculous. Suggesting that the government should intervene when something is offensive is a clear violation of free speech. Even if it wasn’t, I would like to know who would determine what is deemed offensive? Would you really trust the government enough to determine what is acceptable speech for everyone? I certainly don’t!
Right now the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, which means a minority still oppose it. Should we ban talking about same-sex marriage because it is going to offend a small percentage of people? Absolutely not. As soon as we support censorship for one offensive statement, we lose the ability to criticize censorship that we disagree with.
While I may not think people should say certain things, I definitely will not try to take away their right to say it. We can have dialog with those we disagree with and attempt to change their minds as well as the broader culture. I’ve changed my mind many, many times from learning about new evidence. I would hate to see the government remove such learning opportunities. Having the government dictate what we can and cannot say would hinder social justice and is ultimately dangerous for everyone.