So my university had some bigot visit the school to give some speech about some bullshit, probably something bigoted. I didn't go, but a group of BLM and feminist groups protested during the speech. It was a kind of big deal, and people made a fuss about it.
Most people berated the protesters for the way they handled their actual protesting, but the biggest slap in the face that I have literally been reading and hearing is how these protesters are anti-free speech or anti-intellectualism. The issue I have with this argument is: why the fuck should I be required to enter into a debate with someone who doesn't believe in my ability to self determine? In general unrelated to this instance, why should I be expected to accept speech that would essentially say my life matters less? Or my achievements are less?
Why should hate speech be protected? Why should those who preach hate be allowed to have a platform?
As a Puerto Rican I've become really tired having to enter debates over things like this. I'm not sure this makes all that much sense because it just came to mind, and I'm typing it on my phone.