Mic Stop

On Wednesday, “Betsy DeVos spoke through waves of boos and shouted protests during her commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University.” It was a pretty bad look. On one hand, people certainly have the right to express their displeasure by booing and complaining. On the other hand, a university is a place where we expect people with different opinions and agendas to be able to speak freely. Especially when that person is the Education Secretary. Beyond all that, I’ve noticed a paradoxical trend. Protesting a speaker often ends up giving that speaker a much larger platform than they would have had. The worst way to silence someone is to hand them a megaphone.

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