Campus Free Speech

88% of Pomona Students Think the Campus Climate Silences Them

"'Very liberal' students are nearly four times more likely than moderate and conservative students to favor prohibiting some types of speech."

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The overwhelming majority of students at Pomona College think the campus climate prevents them from expressing ideas that other people might find offensive.

Conservative, moderate, and liberal students are to varying degrees concerned about this trend. But 41 percent of self-described "very liberal" students thought Pomona's policies on offensive speech had not gone far enough toward making potentially insensitive remarks unutterable.

That's according to a fascinating survey of Pomona students and faculty conducted by Gallup. About a third of students and two thirds of faculty participated, which makes it a relatively comprehensive snapshot of the school's attitudes about speech.

It turns out that Pomona students are more inclined than both faculty and students nationally to say that the college should prohibit certain viewpoints. Pomona's students are evenly split on the question, whereas 63 percent of faculty and 77 percent of students nationwide think permitting all types of speech, even offensive ones, was more important. 28 percent of Pomona students think policies aimed at curbing offensive speech had not gone far enough; just 13 percent of the faculty feel that way.

Perhaps most worryingly, many students express some discomfort with the idea of having conversations with people whose views differ from their own. Only half of surveyed students are "comfortable" or "very comfortable" having such discussions in their classes. The highest comfort level is enjoyed by students on sports teams, where 64 percent say they're comfortable or very comfortable having tough talks.

Very liberal students constitute 24 percent of the sample size—more than the moderate and conservative students combined (16 percent and 3 percent, respectively). Liberal students make up the other 53 percent.

The ideological breakdown matters, because the school's very liberal students are far more likely to approve of policies designed to crack down on offensive speech.

"Pomona students' attitudes about how colleges should govern speech on campus vary dramatically by their political ideology," write the survey's authors. "Three-quarters of students who identify as 'very liberal' believe it is important for colleges to prohibit certain types of speech, compared with about half (49%) of self-identified 'liberal' students. In fact, 'very liberal' students are nearly four times more likely than moderate and conservative students to favor prohibiting some types of speech."

Readers may recall that student-activists at Pomona previously described free speech as "a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions" for the purpose of oppressing the marginalized. These students flatly rejected the idea that the point of education is to pursue objective truth, and they demanded that the administration take action against a conservative campus paper, The Claremont Independent, for daring to criticize their movement.

Is there a free speech crisis at Pomona College? It depends how you define crisis. But it seems like a sizeable number of students are afraid to express their opinions on campus, and a small but powerful contingent of activists wouldn't have it any other way.

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  1. 88% of Pomona Students Think the Campus Climate Silences Them

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    2. Good reading:

      Washington Post: Liberal intolerance is on the rise on America’s college campuses

      Quote:
      Today’s students are indeed both more left wing and more openly hostile to free speech than earlier generations of collegians.

      Don’t believe me? There are hard data to prove it.

      1. If liberals are beginning to emulate their conservative lessers in this regard, that is deplorable.

        1. Emulate? Leftists wrote the book on eliminating free speech, from the National Socialist Party in 1930s Germany to Evergreen State today.

          Like usual, you’re both dumb and wrong.

        2. LOL. The Left has always been the prime movers of suppression of free speech.

          Stalin was murdering people by the millions while Hitler was kiting checks to pay his rent.

  2. 88% of Pomona Students Think the Campus Climate Silences Them…

    …28 percent of Pomona students think policies aimed at curbing offensive speech had not gone far enough

    Does this mean that 16% of Pomona students are okay with being silenced? Because, if they’re just gonna use free speech to call for an end to free speech, it’s hard to say that that’s a bad thing.

    1. Yeah, that is odd.

      “I’m being silenced….but we NEED to silence those haters over there”

    2. Yeah, that is odd.

      “I’m being silenced….but we NEED to silence those haters over there”

    3. Yeah, that is odd.

      “I’m being silenced….but we NEED to silence those haters over there”

    4. Yeah, that is odd.

      “I’m being silenced….but we NEED to silence those haters over there”

    5. Yeah, that is odd.

      “I’m being silenced….but we NEED to silence those haters over there”

      1. You’ve reached your speech quota for the day.

      2. You know who is never silenced? The squirrels.

    6. No, what it means is that the radical left is becoming increasingly comfortable with state-enforced censorship in the anarcho-tyrannic sense. These are the same people who snark that “Freedom from speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences” when the consequences hurt people they don’t like, but whine about Colin Kaepernick not riding the bench as a backup QB because no NFL wants the drama anymore. Because they have no principles other than the acquisition of power over their opponents, they’ve turned to institution-enforced censorship as the tool to bring that about.

      The radical left going back to the Jacobins, if not longer, sees laws as a bludgeon to destroy their enemies, not a system of mutual agreements that ensures society remains harmonious. An ideology rooted in the concept of eternal revolution is not something that can ever be sated; new perceived dragons to slay will always be sought in order to satisfy their authoritarian impulses and need to bring about “change.”

      1. No, what it means is that the radical left is becoming increasingly comfortable with state-enforced censorship in the anarcho-tyrannic sense.

        Pomona is a private institution, dimbulb. Censorship at Pomona would be bad, but no worse than the strenuous, codified suppression of expression and academic freedom that rules conservative-controlled campuses. State-enforced censorship is irrelevant to this discussion.

        Other than that, though, great comment!

        1. Your knowledge of history is as thin as the copypasta comments that make up your poasting career.

        2. You trolling is actually pretty good, Rev., except when you go off about the imaginary “…strenuous, codified suppression of expression and academic freedom that rules conservative-controlled campuses.”.

          This seems to exist only in your tiny mind and betrays your otherwise effective trolling. But you just HAVE to project an invented boogie man, don’t you?

          1. You seem unfamiliar with the Wheatons, Grove Citys, Regents, Ave Maria, Franciscans, Biolas, Libertys, and Ouachita Baptists, Trollificus.

            Carry on, clinger.

            1. Evergreen State makes them all look like amateurs, fucko.

            2. Art, you name colleges but you say nothing specific about any of them, which strongly indicates that you have nothing.

              More importantly, even if these institutions were as bad as you say, for each of them, there are 100 leftist institutions that are worse.

              Which should concern us?

  3. Very liberal students constitute 24 percent of the sample size?more than the moderate and conservative students combined (16 percent and 3 percent, respectively). Liberal students make up the other 53 percent.

    Was libertarian an option?

    1. Yes. That’s why “self-described very liberal students thought Pomona’s policies on offensive speech had not gone far enough toward making potentially insensitive remarks unutterable.”

    2. Hitler wasn’t an option, why would libertarian be?

  4. Behold the SJW diversity of Pomona College, where you can get a degree in Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies

    1. This Pomona College sounds bad. Good thing right-wing yahoos can still choose a Wheaton, or a Bob Jones, or an Ouachita Baptist, or a Liberty for some real fine genuine book-learnin’!

      Carry on, clingers. Maybe some more homeschooling?

      1. Says the guy who’s as ill-educated as the day is long.

      2. As a professor myself, I can tell you with full confidence the following:

        1) Most Ph.D’s outside of STEM fields are dumb as fuck.

        2) Every professor I know thinks public schools are producing a crap product and the the Education School is a total joke.

        1. And yet, no professor will give up tenure by resigning in protest – – – – – – – – –

        2. Every non-STEM professor I know loves public schools — for other people’s kids. They apparently need something to incubate enough dumbasses to keep them in business.

          1. “Every non-STEM professor I know loves public schools — for other people’s kids”
            Obo was a Prof, no?

            1. Obo was an instructor. He published nothing in a peer reviewed journal. Nothing.

              His career had all the intellectual heft of 7th grade social studies teacher.

  5. “”Readers may recall that student-activists at Pomona previously described free speech as “a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions” for the purpose of oppressing the marginalized. “”

    They shouldn’t have the right to say that. /sarc

    What funny is they probably believe strongly in democracy, which means the minority are the loser.

  6. The highest comfort level is enjoyed by students on sports teams, where 64 percent say they’re comfortable or very comfortable having tough talks

    Forcing 50 urban black kids and 50 rural white kids to share a sweat lodge probably would have that effect.

    1. When I was a college coach, I would just lock them all in a rec room for a weekend. Once they come out they’re always the best of friends.

      1. You have to be careful with that approach, though. I tried that once with a girl I liked, and if the rescue team had brought in the wrecking ball even 30 minutes later…

    2. I’ve found that interacting with people across ideological lines tends to have a great benefit. Typically it involves bringing together a diverse group of people for some tangential purpose.

      The Houston Chronicle’s forum used to be great for this. Since we were drawn not by being conservative or liberal, but by being Houstonians, it promoted a great mixing of ideas and thoughts. It was significantly detrimental to the city when they revamped the website to maximize profit instead of discussion.

  7. “”Readers may recall that student-activists at Pomona previously described free speech as “a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions” for the purpose of oppressing the marginalized. “”

    They shouldn’t have the right to say that. /sarc

    What funny is they probably believe strongly in democracy, which means the minority are the loser.

  8. But 41 percent of self-described “very liberal” students thought Pomona’s policies on offensive speech had not gone far enough toward making potentially insensitive remarks unutterable.

    The other 59% haven’t left their safe space long enough to hear all the violent speech being hurled in all directions out there.

    1. If they wanted a safe space, wouldn’t they have chosen a conservative school in some left-behind backwater, where speech codes, loyalty oaths, suppression of academic freedom, teaching of nonsense, rejection of science, and prohibition of dissent foster the “right” kind of thinking?

      1. I sense some panic.

        1. Hard to spot through the idiocy noise.

        2. Bigtime panic.

  9. “We are oppressed because our ideological opponents are not being oppressed!”

    How the word “liberal” has been corrupted in the hands of the Left.

  10. Hmmm…do you know whose initials can be represented by the number 88?

    1. Harry Houdini?

    2. Brigitte Bardot?

    3. Oops, it’s a greeting to this person which is represented by 88, I got my meme wrong.

    4. Henry Higgins?

    5. Dale Earnhardt?

    6. IM Spartacus?

  11. 41 percent of self-described “very liberal” students thought Pomona’s policies on offensive speech had not gone far enough toward making potentially insensitive remarks unutterable.

    Since *anything* is a “potentially insensitive remark”, obviously the solution is to cut out the tongue of anyone attending Pomona.

  12. Well, yeah. When you can’t debate or persuade people, your only move is to shut them up.

  13. Come up on stage and rap my lyrics with me. Hold up, white girl! Not THAT lyric!

    Kendrick Lamar shut down his concert after a white fan he invited onstage decided it was cool for her to repeatedly rap the n-word. It was not.

    K. Dot was performing Sunday night at Hangout Festival in Alabama when he pulled the young woman named Delaney from the crowd to rap “M.A.A.D City.”

    What a piece of shit.

    1. White people can’t use the “n” word in Alabama?

  14. Let’s see…

    Private liberal arts school, tuition of $50k a year, enrollment of 1600 students (about 400 a year).

    Yeah, don’t care. It’s a small private school that’s over-priced. It’s even less consequential then BYU.

    1. It’s even less consequential then BYU.

      Which school deserves credit for that level of literacy?

    2. “Private liberal arts school, tuition of $50k a year, enrollment of 1600 students (about 400 a year).”

      How big does lefty hypocrisy have to be to matter?

      1. Bigger then this. I’ve only got so much outage in the day, y’know.

        1. There are 1000 little leftist schools just like Pomona.

          Together with the big leftist schools, they are the higher education system.

          That is as big as it gets, Escher.

  15. What do people not get. College is probably going to be the safest space you’ll ever experience as an adult. You’ll typically be surrounded by people more intelligent and well bred than the average people you run across in the real world. If you have to be wrapped in bubble and sheltered from remarks you might hear on a college campus, how the shit are these people supposed to be prepared for the real world? Isn’t that at least one of the goals of college? (Though the real world is more like high school.)

    Not buying the sensitivity=strength bullcrap. Not one bit. In my days as a college-aged liberal, the way we were taught to deal with bigots was to point at them and laugh, not doubling over with the vapors, thus acknowledging their power.

    1. What do people not get. College is probably going to be the safest space you’ll ever experience as an adult.

      If you consider a rape factory to be safe, sure.

      You’ll typically be surrounded by people more intelligent and well bred

      *looks around nervously*

      you run across in the real world.

      *looks around more nervously*

    2. Your comment is well stated and I agree.

      However, if you were to utter it on campus, you would be the first against the wall.

  16. “It turns out that Pomona students are more inclined than both faculty and students nationally to say that the college should prohibit certain viewpoints. Pomona’s students are evenly split on the question, whereas 63 percent of faculty and 77 percent of students nationwide think permitting all types of speech, even offensive ones, was more important. 28 percent of Pomona students think policies aimed at curbing offensive speech had not gone far enough; just 13 percent of the faculty feel that way.”

    Thus the birth of the nomenklatura.

  17. There is always a free speech crisis on conservative-controlled campuses, but faux libertarians pretend not to notice (or are dumb enough not to recognize it).

    Carry on, clingers. More teaching of nonsense and suppression of science to flatter childish superstition, of course!

    1. “There is always a free speech crisis on conservative-controlled campuses,”

      Cite missing and expected to ALWAYS be missing.
      Imbeciles don’t cite; they assert.

      1. Earlier, he named 4 “conservative” campuses (leaving out Hillsdale, somehow), which proves to his satisfaction the equivalence with the 2400 NON-conservative campuses. Trolls have a different definition of “equivalence”, I guess. Hell, a rather unique definition of “proof”, too, I’m guessing.

        1. There are hundreds of right-wing goober farms, you bigoted rube.

          I would encourage you to perform the basic research, but I gather you are busy suppressing black votes, hectoring women outside a clinic, fighting against gay marriage or school desegregation, trying to revive anti-miscegenation or anti-contraception laws, pushing creationism in science classrooms, or the like.

          1. You can’t even count to 100, idiot leftist troll.

          2. Everyone knows that you got ‘nuttin, Art.

            Why do you even bother?


  18. The ideological breakdown matters, because the school’s very liberal students are far more likely to approve of policies designed to crack down on offensive speech.

    Look, no offense, but it’s glaringly obvious that these ‘very liberal’ people have no fucking clue what ‘liberal’ means. As in, at all.

    What is ‘liberal’ about restricting rights, exactly, and how did we arrive at a place where that is a widely held interpretation of what ‘liberal’ means?

    Does the word ‘liberal’ now simply mean ‘we want to spend a fuck ton of money and/or put people in reeducation camps’? Honest question.

  19. ” But 41 percent of self-described “very liberal” students thought Pomona’s policies on offensive speech had not gone far enough”

    Which is the opposite of ‘very liberal’. Retards.

    1. There’s a sign on the wall
      But she wants to be sure
      ‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings…..

      1. A friend of mine likes to claim that’s the worst song ever written.
        But he likes Brian Johnson AC/DC and David Lee Roth Van Halen.
        Whereas, clearly, Bon Scott AC/DC and Sammy Hagar Van Halen are superior.
        So what does he know.

        1. Sammy Hagar needed 3 other people’s help to write “Winner takes it all / Loser takes a fall / Fight to the beginning of the end”.

    2. You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  20. Their role model just got ‘elected’ to a new 6 year term down in Venezuela.

    Maybe they should go and join the revolution.

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  22. I think we are going to see some incredibly damaging results from this over time. These kids are going to go on to eventual leadership positions in politics, law, and business (yes business, as we’ve seen with the first few waves at Twitter/Google/Facebook) and while private companies have the right to be stupid, these nuts will want to go much further than that.

    Meanwhile, the ones who can’t get good jobs (the majority) will be sitting on a massive pile of student loan debt they cannot repay.

    Worst case, we’ll be simultaneously fighting against both Hate Speech laws and a massive loan forgiveness program. Plus, some smug hectoring thrown in.

    Joy !

    Cease Federal student loans of any/all types right away !

    1. Don’t eliminate federal student loans, make them dischargeable in bankruptcy and put the college or university on the hook for it. Either the university will go under or it’ll dump the useless degree programs.

      1. That works too.

        I think we’d see useless degrees disappear, but also a sizeable number of institutions simply disappear.

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  24. From the article: “Very liberal students constitute 24 percent of the sample size?more than the moderate and conservative students combined (16 percent and 3 percent, respectively). Liberal students make up the other 53 percent. …the school’s very liberal students are far more likely to approve of policies designed to crack down on offensive speech.”

    All well and good but the article fails to explain that the real threat to free speech comes from the right.

    Are you slipping, Robby?

    1. Macy’s Widow – Hardly. There may have been a time when the biggest challenge to free speech was from the right, but no more. As a staunch moderate, I had for years been more repealed by the right. No more. The very left, call them progressives or whatever, have taken over as oppressors of freedom and liberty. The progressives are the ones with fascist and totalitarian tendencies.

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