By silencing others, do we risk silencing ourselves?

Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:27
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The political divide on campuses has been evident for some time, leading to demonstrations, attempts to silence speakers and even violence.

Now, it appears, the phenomenon has hit Connecticut.

Conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich, a credentialed White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit, described by The Washington Post as a “conspiracy-enthusiastic site,” was invited by College Republicans, to speak at the University of Connecticut Tuesday.

Wintrich’s speech, titled “It’s OK To Be White,” was repeatedly interrupted by people in the audience booing and chanting before coming to an abrupt end when a woman appeared to take paperwork off the lectern he was using. Wintrich allegedly ran after the woman and grabbed her before others got involved.

He was arrested and charged with breach of peace following an altercation, according to The Associated Press.

“It’s really unfortunate that some of the kids at @UConn felt the need to be violent and disruptive during a speech that focused on how the leftist media is turning Americans against each other,” Wintrich wrote on Twitter. “Tonight proved my point.”

While we might not agree with Wintrich’s beliefs, we are concerned about the growing disregard for freedom of speech in our country. Whether it’s Uncle Clarence at the holiday dinner table, demonstrators on the national mall or a pundit in a college auditorium, each person is, according to the First Amendment, guaranteed the right to speak their point of view, without fear of reprisal - and without regard for the popular viewpoint.

When we try to silence them, we risk taking a step closer to a society where only the politically correct - or the politically connected - can speak.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:27. Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:30.