Stop mocking "safe spaces": What the Mizzou & Yale backlash is really about

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Recent student protests at Mizzou, Georgetown, Yale and other campuses across the country have reignited national conversations about whether the right to freedom of speech should be defended more than the right of students of color not to endure racially charged verbal harassment on college campuses. At Yale, much of this debate has pivoted around an administrative suggestion that students be mindful of the potential racial and cultural insensitivity of their choice in Halloween costumes. After Black students demanded that administrators be more responsive to their concerns, a group of people identifying themselves as “students, faculty, alumni, and other concerned citizens” formed a group called “The Committee for the Defense of Freedom at Yale.”

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