Legacy Of Hate: Idaho Law Professor Contemplates Future Of The First Amendment

Oct 5, 2017

Controversial speakers at college campuses across the country have sparked protests in recent months – some of which have turned violent.

 

Demonstrations against right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at University of California Berkeley in February caused $100,000 in damages.

Two months later, university officials cancelled an appearance by Ann Coulter, a conservative author and commentator derided by many on the left, saying they couldn't find a safe venue for her to speak.

 

More than 100 protesters at Middlebury College in Vermont shut down a lecture by controversial author and scholar Charles Murray in March. According to the New York Times, masked demonstrators, who may have come from off campus, later assaulted Murray and a college employee as they were leaving.

 

Murray recently spoke at an Idaho Freedom Foundation event in Eagle back in August after the conservative group was forced to move its annual banquet in Garden City over concerns the venue couldn't safely accommodate the group

 

Some are now calling on universities and even government to outlaw what they view as hate speech – even though it’s a constitutional right.

 

In the final part of our series Legacy of Hate, KBSX speaks with University of Idaho Law professor Shaakirrah Sanders about whether this is a new phenomenon and how these conflicts might be resolved.

 

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