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In recent years in attempt to reduce hate crimes and to protect the minorities many colleges have adopted codes and policies prohibiting offensive speech based on race gender religion and sexual orientation While college administrators may find speech regulations as an attractive solution to all of these problems experience has showed us that restrictions of free speech on campus create even more complications and confrontations between students By adopting speech codes universities would only close the discussion instead of solving the actual problem Furthermore even if speech regulations werent prohibited by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution it would be impossible to enforce them fairly I believe that restrictions of free speech would not only hurt the whole process of education but would also put the future of our democratic society in dangerIn my opinion expressing and discussing is the only way to solve a controversial problem Speech codes have not stopped hate speech They have diverted the dialogue from a focus on a fair society to a preoccupation with censorship McMasters 173By restricting certain kind of speech we only be seeming to find a solution for the underlying issues such as sexism and ageism Everybody when come to college brings with them the values and assumptions they learned while growing up in society so its unrealistic to think that restrictions of certain kind of self-expression can solve the problem of hate speech or racial slurs on campus As one critic said Verbal purity is not social change Racist statements for example are not the problem between the races racism is By barring racially based comments we refuse to identify the problem of racism and as a result are never be able to resolve it The speech codes and regulations can only cure the symptoms not the disease and therefore absolutely unnecessary If we do not allow open expressions then there can be no change or growth Speech regulations are not the
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