12 Days of Free Speech: Why It Matters to Students in North Carolina

The holiday season is a time for reflection and celebration. Here at Generation Opportunity, we’d like to take the time to reflect on why the right to free expression matters to young people—and why it’s critical that we continue to defend that right.

The North Carolina University board of regents is set to vote on a measure that would require college administrations to guarantee students the right to engage in spontaneous, unregistered free speech, so long as the activity is lawful and does not “materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the constituent institution.”

The vote is taking place soon, and students in North Carolina are stepping up to defend their rights. For 12 days, 12 North Carolina students will be sharing why they believe it’s important to protect free speech on campus.

On the First Day of Free Speech

Trey Blood was born and raised in North Carolina and is a senior at UNC-Charlotte. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

With respect to politics, Trey’s interests include economic theory, philosophy and history. He believes free markets and limited government are the only means for securing lasting peace and prosperity.

Trey’s defense of free speech emphasizes the way free expression can enhance diversity of thought on campus.

“The beauty of college campuses is having thousands of people come together and participate in the free exchange of ideas, perspectives, and evidence.”

Stay tuned for the rest of our days of free speech! In the meantime, be sure to sign the petition to show your support for free expression on North Carolina’s campuses.

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