‘I know what it’s like to not live in freedom’: Student’s defense of free speech wins national essay contest

Matthew Wilson – Princeton University Sophomore
The College Fix

Excerpt: For most Americans, constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and expression are merely an afterthought — a birthright that’s often taken for granted.

But one Florida high school senior knows what it’s like to live under a regime where those rights are not a given. Sabrina Morera, a senior at Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy in Miami-Dade County, recently won first place in a nationwide free speech essay contest sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Drawing on her personal background as a Cuban immigrant and the daughter of parents who came to the U.S. fleeing communist authoritarianism, Morera vigorously pushed back against those who propose allowing institutions of higher education to restrict students’ freedom of expression.