American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.
* I ROUTINELY NOTE THAT "WE'RE NOT THE SAME AMERICA BECAUSE WE'RE NOT THE SAME AMERICANS." AND... AS USUAL... I'M RIGHT.
We asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.
Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.
* I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL A "SILENT" IS... BUT AS FOR THE GEN XERS AND BOOMERS... WHEN THIS CRAP REPRESENTS THE VIEWS OF ROUGHLY A QUARTER OF "THEIR" POPULATION...
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
* AND, FOLKS... UNDERSTAND THE MATH: CONSIDER HOW THE SCREWED UP BOOMERS FURTHER SCREWED UP THE GEN EXERS AND MILLENNIALS...
* STUPIDITY BEGETS STUPIDITY.
Overall, our global survey found that a majority of Americans say that people should be able to say offensive things about minority groups publicly. Two-thirds of Americans say this, compared with a median of 35% among the 38 nations we polled.
In the U.S., our findings also show a racial divide on this question, with non-whites more likely (38%) to support government prevention of such speech than non-Hispanic whites (23%).
* FOLKS... 23% IS STILL OUTRAGEOUS!
Nearly twice as many Democrats say the government should be able to stop speech against minorities (35%) compared with Republicans (18%). Independents, as is often the case, find themselves in the middle. One-third of all women say the government should be able to curtail speech that is offensive to minorities vs. 23% of men who say the same.