A U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner thinks that college students are not sufficiently developed to enjoy their free-speech rights.
Democrat Michael Yaki, who previously was senior adviser to Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), explained why he believes campus speech codes should be tightened during a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing on sexual-harassment law in education.
“Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do,” he said, according to a transcript from law professor Eugene Volokh, who publishes the blog the Volokh Conspiracy at the Washington Post. “So when we sit back and talk about what is right or wrong in terms of First Amendment jurisprudence from a reasonable person’s standpoint, we are really not looking into the same referential viewpoint of these people, of an adolescent or young adult, including those in universities.”
Yeah, college kids are old enough to fight and die for their country, but not to enjoy the rights guaranteed by the constitution they are fighting and dying to defend.
I’ll bet Yaki thought he was just a shit-hot genius when he was that age. Probably still thinks so, too.