Tommy Can You Hear Me?
Thomas Sowell in "Can We Talk" discusses the censorship instituted throughout the U.S. from enforcement of speech codes (his examples were of San Francisco and Columbia University) or re-introduction of the "fairness doctrine" for broadcasters (a liberal attempt to hinder conservative discussion on talk radio or Fox News). Speech that insults or offends is being outlawed officially on college campuses by the Left-wing intelligensia who try to control the debate under the guise of protecting feelings.
Free speech rights exist for the whole society, not for writers and speakers. When you say that we can hear only what a growing number of censors want us to hear, you are condemning us to grope in the dark when making all sorts of decisions -- about ourselves, our families and the future of our society.
One of our contributors writes:
A woman I work with here at American Express was telling a colleague about her recent trip to India (a vacation her and her husband booked for 3 weeks with great anticipation) and how disappointed she was because it was so dirty and hot and just horrible. Couldn't drink the water let alone the food. Almost everyone on the trip got sick. Well...an Indian employee happened to over hear her and found out who her boss was and complained that the conversation made them uncomfortable. She was warned.
This woman planned and went on a trip to India - believing that she was going to have a great time and was unfortunatly greatly disappointed...and someone didn't like hearing the truth. Ugh. I guess the truth hurts and is unacceptable in a politically correct environment...
And to think they believe they are the tolerant ones.