Banning Hate Symbols At UMD Would Undermine Students’ Free Speech

Banning hate symbols at UMD would undermine students’ free speech

Published October 16 at 11:40 PM

Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own.

Colleges have long tried to walk the line between protecting marginalized students and protecting all students’ First Amendment rights. The First Amendment protects citizens’ freedom to express all opinions, regardless of homophobic, misogynistic or racist content. However, it does not protect speech used to encroach upon or desecrate private property.

On Oct. 2, an incident occurred in Anne Arundel Hall in which a student wrote “REEEEE” on another student’s whiteboard, which had the definition of homophobia written on it. This term is primarily problematic because it’s both ableist …

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