As thousands of college students across the country eye the protesters at the University of Missouri and the “#millionstudentmarch”, one Marine had something to say to these kids about their objectives.
As students agitate for “safe spaces,” as they start rallies for racial set asides, as they work to ban conservatives from campus and put in place speech codes to quash all speech they don’t like, and as they organize marches to demand that everything be given to them for free, Marine veteran James Erickson had a succinct and timely message for these protesters that are being coddled at universities across the country.
— James Erickson (@SayHiJames) November 12, 2015
Erickson’s tweet, one that has gone viral since yesterday, is in response to the student protests at the University of Missouri–students that soldiers like Erickson served to protect their right to protest and to speak openly about their political positions.
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But while our soldiers and our veterans sacrificed–and with many giving their last full measure–in order to help assure Americans their freedom of speech, the students at Mizzou are working to shut down the free speech of some Americans. In one egregious case, a Mizzou journalism professor actively worked to have a student reporter from the school newspaper physically removed as he attempted to cover the protests on the school’s public property.
As our solders fight to preserve free speech, many feel our colleges seem to be working to eliminate it.