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By Conor Friedersdorf
Late in the event, he declared, “I don’t want anyone’s speech to be suppressed in any setting.” The root of the disagreement was his belief that little speech is restricted.
And earlier in his remarks, Harper declared that while colleges may ask students to voluntarily limit their speech in various ways, like not wearing offensive costumes, “I invite our opponents to present us more than a handful of written, institutional policies––where it’s been put in writing that you can’t say certain things. You can’t wear certain costumes. Sure, students would be encouraged to do or not do something. But I, as a higher-education scholar who studied thousands of colleges and universities, have never seen a written institutional policy.”
That statement is baffling.
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