Kanye is Right: “Express what you feel not what you’ve been programmed to think”

Kanye West is known for being outspoken… to say the least.

Whether it is continually reinventing his genre or stealing the stage from Taylor Swift, staying quiet has never really been Kanye’s thing.

When people think of Kanye, they think of his many accomplishments. He’s known for sold out shows across the globe, winning multiple Grammys and releasing a wildly successful fashion line.

But his latest reason for being in the headlines may seem a bit surprising. In the past week, Kanye has become a fixture in the nationwide effort to protect free speech.

In a series of tweets over the past week, Kanye has shared some of his thoughts on the state of free expression here in America.

While we may not agree with everything Kanye says or does, it’s hard to deny that he has a good point here.

The fact is, freedom of speech is being jeopardized all over the nation, especially in the places where many of Kanye’s fans reside, our nation’s colleges and universities.

Fortunately, states like North Carolina and Florida have taken steps to protect the First Amendment on college campuses, but the challenge of defending free speech on campus persists throughout the country.

According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, approximately one in ten institutions maintain a “free speech zone” where student demonstrations and other expressive activities are limited to small or out-of-the-way areas on campus.

To be clear: these higher education institutions are telling students where they can, or cannot, speak freely. Seem a little unconstitutional maybe?

If that isn’t startling enough, consider that one in five college students surveyed by the Brookings Institute said it was acceptable to use violence against a speaker known for making “offensive” statements. Pretty scary thought, if you ask us.

Love him or hate him, it is hard to deny that Kanye is raising a good point about the state of free speech in America.

Freedom of expression must be valued at all levels of our society and we shouldn’t demonize thought leaders or speakers just because their views don’t align with our own.

If you share Kanye’s concerns about the state of free speech in this country, sign the petition today!

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