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Charlotte Observer: Freedom of Expression in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Clark RossIn a response to the recent attacks on employees of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Prof. Clark Ross writes, in an op-ed for the Charlotte Observer, that learning to tolerate offensive expression is more civil than the alternative: violent retaliation against those exercising their freedom to speak.

Ross writes that often college students are reprimanded for using "hate speech" on campuses. Typically, such speech violates campus rules, policies or codes of conduct. But should students have the right to use any language they choose, to speak about any person or group of people they choose?

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