Sep 20, 2017

Poll: college students don't prioritize free speech

Daryl Tempesta protests in Berkeley, Calif. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

A new Brookings Institution survey claims "freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses" due to college students not prioritizing First Amendment rights. The survey has been criticized for a number of reasons; former president of the American Association of Public Opinion Polling, Cliff Zukin, told the Guardian it was "junk science."

Context: A number of instances this year have brought First Amendment rights into the spotlight on college campuses, including riots at Berkeley and Princeton holding a Constitution Day lecture titled "F%*# Free Speech."

  • 53% of students believe it's most important for a college to "create a positive learning environment...by prohibiting certain speech or expression of viewpoints that are offensive or biased."
  • 44% of college students don't think the First Amendment protects hate speech, compared to 39% who believe it does.
  • 51% agree that loud disruptions of a controversial, on-campus speaker known "for making offensive and hurtful statements" is acceptable.
  • 81% disagree with using violence to interfere with a speaker's speech.
  • 62% agree that if a controversial speaker is invited to speak, a speaker with opposing views should also be invited.

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In photos: George Floyd's North Carolina memorial service

The remains of George Floyd are brought into Cape Fear Conference B Church. Photo: Ed Clemente/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds gathered in Raeford, North Carolina to honor George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

The state of play: This is the second memorial for Floyd. A number of his family members remain in Raeford, including his sister. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The News and Observer reports.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 6,800,604 — Total deaths: 396,591 — Total recoveries — 2,785,268Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 1,908,235 — Total deaths: 109,443 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight coronavirus Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of virus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free testing for protesters.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  5. Business: Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.

George Floyd updates

A protester holds a placard reading "Covid kills People, Racism kills Communities" as they attend a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Photo: Paul Ellis/Contributor.

Thousands are gathering for a day of protests in Washington, D.C., almost two weeks after George Floyd's killing. Protesters in Australia and Europe staged anti-racism demonstrations on Saturday as well.

What's happening: A memorial service for Floyd is taking place in Raeford, North Carolina — near where he was born. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all flags to fly at half-staff to honor Floyd until sunset. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Philadelphia and Chicago.