Commentary: Free speech rules cannot be written without marginalized voices at the table

Mohan Setty-Charity
Daily Princetonian

Excerpt: Over the last few months, debates on academic freedom have once again been thrust into the spotlight as some professors, most notably Amy Wax and Ilya Shapiro, have made incendiary comments that have gotten them into hot water. The necessity for academic freedom has been justified with the argument that faculty members need to be free to develop and discuss their ideas without fear of retribution. However, free speech always has limits; the question is where those limits are and where they ought to be.

These comments generally disrespect and insult communities of color, and arguments that routinely cite to a set of rules that were decided by white justices and powerful scholars of decades prior should not be above reevaluation.