"What if our Constitution were written like campus speech codes?" That's the question posed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in a new animated video that imagines what it would have been like if the Founding Fathers thought like social justice warriors.
Current speech guides on American campuses ban any biased speech, disrespectful speech, even "inappropriately directed laughter." Phrases that are now offensive are "America is a melting pot" or "America is the land of opportunity" -- all clearly terrible things to say. What if the First Amendment had those restrictions? Or included microaggressions, something our Founders never would have imagined?
This video illustrates our Founding Fathers deciding what speech should and should not be allowed in America—using the same logic administrators use when writing campus speech codes.
Watch, be thankful it didn't go down this way, and make sure we don't head down that path in the future.