Donald Trump and Ben Carson don’t agree on a lot of things. However, they found one thing both have in common: the belief that political correctness on college campuses has gone too far. Ben Carson appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss what he believes is a major problem.
“It seems like we’re not really emphasizing the whole concept of freedom of speech, and freedom of expression, and most importantly, of open dialogue. You know, it’s okay to disagree with people, but it’s not okay to try to destroy them.”
Carson continued talking emotionally about the topic.
“People are so frightened of the politically correct police that they’re willing to do things that are irrational in order to appease them. And I believe it’s going to be necessary for those people who truly believe in our system, who believe in our Constitution, who believe in the principles and values that made America great to be willing to stand up,” he continued.
The debate about free speech on college campuses has been going on for a long time, but it hit a new peak this week as students at the University of Missouri held protests about intolerance and, at the same time, didn’t tolerate opposing viewpoints. There was even a situation where a journalism teacher bulled a journalism student, who claimed he had a right to be there.
Another Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, also spoke about political correctness on college campuses. According to NBC News, He found the protests at University of Missouri to be disgusting.
“‘I think the two people that resigned are weak, ineffective people,’ he added, referring to University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who both announced on Monday that they would step aside under pressure.”
Trump went on to state that he thinks when the two resigned, they set something in motion “that’s gonna be a disaster for the next long period of time.” Trump has always been an anti-political correctness kind of guy, which is one reason he may be leading the polls. According to the New York Times, Trump even believes that political correctness is killing the country.
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”
Some may think that Donald Trump and Ben Carson’s tirades against political correctness come from their right wing beliefs. However, even left wing sources have come to condemn the political correctness that has been taking place on college campuses. Jonathan Chait from New York Magazine wrote a highly-viewed piece on the topic.
“The student protest at the University of Missouri began as a response to a serious problem — outbursts of vile racism on campus — and quickly devolved into an expression of a renewed left-wing hostility to freedom of expression,” Chait began.
The journalist found it quite hypocritical that, at a place typically known for valuing freedom of expression, journalists were banned and bullied. Chait noted all of the events at college campuses such as Yale and UCLA that have tried to suppress other viewpoints.
Donald Trump is already using political correctness as a key issue in his campaign. It looks like Ben Carson has just jumped on the bandwagon. Do you think Trump and Carson are right about political correctness on college campuses? Let us know in the comments section.
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