Free speech has been in the news in a big way this week. Between the NFL protests, to Trump’s less-than-diplomatic comments regarding said protests, to Berkeley’s canceled “free speech” week, we’ve been hearing about the First Amendment and free speech a lot. But apparently, a study on college students shows that no one understands the First Amendment (although the validity of this study has been debated). This post is designed to give you an overview of the tradition of free speech and the First Amendment, so (at the very least) you don’t sound like an idiot on Facebook.
Gather ‘round folks, we’re about to learn a little free speech law. Very little.
UC Berkeley is having a tough time with student groups inviting speakers a majority of their students dislike. These incidents have provoked a lot of hot takes about the free speech and the First Amendment. So before you wage into your latest anonymous flame war on Twitter, Reddit, or Pinterest about this, let’s have a look at the law.