Complaints of Muzzled Conservatives Are Behind New Laws. But Liberals Feel Stifled, Too.

Oyin Adedoyin
Chronicle of Higher Education

Excerpt: Every year Seth Masket, a political-science professor and director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver, teaches a congressional-simulation class. The charged political environment has made the class harder to pull off. “I’m fortunately not teaching that class this coming quarter, but it would be tricky if I did,” he said. Experts say political tensions have served to suppress all sorts of speech. “It is a tense time on campuses,” said Amy Binder, a professor and chair of the department of sociology at the University of California at San Diego. “So I’m seeing it as more of a larger scale phenomenon than just the conservative students.”

In a survey of 20,000 college students, 60 percent said they felt they had to keep some opinions to themselves for fear of how they would be received. That includes 75 percent of students who identified themselves as “strong Republicans,” and also 63 percent of Black students.