It’s no secret that conservative students at campuses across the country face censorship, intolerance, and speech suppression. It's no different for right-wing students attending the University of Florida (UF). Reaction to the election of President Donald Trump only worsened the state of free speech at UF, as radical leftist students have become emboldened to stop any form of speech that aligns with the policies of his administration--even if it involves breaking the law.
Several weeks ago, UF's Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, of which I'm a member, created a “Build the Wall” banner to hang on campus. As a club, we had to get a permit from UF for the banner and our members spent a significant amount of time and money creating it. In a matter of hours, the banner was torn down and stolen by leftists. That evening, the club met to build a new one, only to have it stolen twice the next day.
In all, three police reports were filed, and an officer indicated one student could be charged with theft. Thanks to the efforts of our club members, our speech was protected, but at a hefty price. Guarding a banner for 12 hours a day and having cameras present shouldn’t be a requirement to ensuring speech is protected. In many cases, it’s not even feasible.
[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Conservative students call police after 'Build the Wall' banner torn down]
Last week, the Turning Point USA chapter at UF hosted Prager U. spokesman Will Witt. A few days before his speech, I posted flyers around campus from 9 p.m. until midnight. The next morning by 9 a.m., nearly all of the flyers I posted were gone. Other club members confirmed this happened to them, as well.
This is routine for conservative organizations at UF. Leftist students tear down conservative signs, posters, and flyers promoting speakers with whom they disagree. It shows a blatant disregard for our First Amendment rights and for the amount of resources our clubs put into activism.
Instead of simply choosing not to attend a conservative event, these students seek to steal and destroy any advertisements for our events. They have always been welcome to respectfully protest our activism or to debate us on the merits of conservative ideas, but these radical leftist students have no interest in debate or discourse. It’s clear they are fearful of the message we are trying to spread. Last week, they eve
Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11998