Wednesday, June 19

Center Director appears on PBS’ Studio Socal to Discuss Hate Speech on College Campuses


Dr. Kevin Johnson joined Chapman University President Daniele Struppa and UCLA student Liat Menna to discuss the intersection of hate speech and free speech on college campuses. PBS’ Studio Socal described the episode as follows: “At campuses across Southern California, students want their voices heard, but do they have the right to potentially provoke violence? Should cultural or political sensitivity be considered in a student’s conduct? Who decides what groups can’t make derogatory statements? What is the difference legally between posting hate speech on your house wall, or on you Facebook wall?” The panelists discussed some of these issues. Dr. Johnson concluded the episode by stressing the importance of public communication and the need to engage in constructive dialogue aimed at getting to undergirding feelings that motivate hateful speech.