Sunday, November 22, 2015
Millennials are the Most Willing to Use Government Censorship in a Good Cause. This is Still Wrong, But Teachable.
It is alarming that 40% of Millennials would be willing to have government prevent people from saying things that are offensive to minority groups.
Still, I see this as a vice of their virtues. They are trying to overcome America's long history of racism. The tool they have chosen - government censorship - is a cure worse than the disease, but they are trying to cure a disease. Millennials are young, and famously less informed about history, including the historical use of government suppression of free speech to oppress minority groups.
I think most Millennials are not far from supporting other, less oppressive means of helping denigrated minorities. The traditional mechanism for opposing outright racists - public shaming - is effective and not as dangerous as government suppression.
For most people, though, the problem is not so much outright racism as it is insensitivity to unexamined denigration. The cure for insensitivity is gentle consciousness raising. And that applies to educating Millennials who are insensitive to the dangers of government censorship.