Social Unrest, & The Free Speech Movement vs Cancel Culture In the United States
Fire-bombing of the Federal Courthouse Building in Portland OR., July 2020 and January 2021
What Is The “Cancel Culture” Movement ? How
Is It Different Than The “Free Speech” Movement ?
The Free Speech Movement was the first mass act of civil disobedience on an American college campus in the 1960s. Students insisted that the university administration lift the ban of on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students' right to free speech and academic freedom.
Today, in 2020, the opposite is true. Increasingly, students on campuses are engaged in “shout-downs”, with the goal shutting down communication that does not agree with their views and methods. This is the opposite of the “Free Speech” campus movements of the 1960s.
Background, 1960s free speech movement - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Speech_Movement
What Circumstances Lead To Creating The “Cancel Culture” and Free-Speech “Shout-Downs”
Example #1 Free Speech and Cancel Culture – Background
Prof. Charles Murray, co-author of “The Bell-Curve”, - Middlebury College – Shut-down of Speech and Attack by Students
Q&A on C-Span with Prof. Allison Stanger
Professor Allison Stanger talked about the reaction of Middlebury College students to author Charles Murray appearing on campus in March 2017 on C-Span. Mr. Murray and Professor Stanger were physically attacked following the event. She discusses the susceptibility of students (and others) to not exercise sufficient critical-thinking with unfamiliar issues often resulting in a default move to ideology.
Are These Protests Just Isolated Incidents ? Is there over-lapping of this into the greater society and the corporate environment ?
Example #2 – Videos - Cancel Culture – Campus & Public Spaces
What is “cancel culture” and how does it operate - Video, - Bret Weinstein and author Brendan O”Neill
Martin Luther King Jr, speech, Loving Your Enemies – video - 9 min.
The Case of Free Speech in Skokie, Il, 1970s – video – 4 min.
What are Some Examples of Opposing Free Speech, Science-based Data and Public Free Expression ?
Example 3 - The “Red-Pilling” of J.K. Rowling – Attempts to Make non-scientific terminology legally compulsory / true.
J.K. Rowling “controversial” quote – “Biological sex (gender) is real, and it's not bigoted to say it. In fact, quite the reverse is true”.
1. Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), discuss the state of the world though an evolutionary lens. A look at the J. K. Rowling controversy and the white supremacist history of biological sex is a “social construct /creation”.
2. The difference between gender and sex – video 9 min.