The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) picked up on a few details from a recent interview of comedian Chris Rock that shed light on the pernicious nature of the “unlearning liberty” mentality on America’s college campuses. The FIRE seeks to protect and defend free speech on college campuses in the face of restrictive speech codes and the growing belief by many that they have a right not to be offended by someone else’s views.
Susan Kruth, writing at The FIRE’s blog, notes:
In the interview, [interviewer Frank] Rich and Rock discussed how Rock, like many comedians, has been criticized by audience members who were offended by his jokes. When asked what he thought about the recent controversy over Bill Maher’s invitation to speak at the University of California, Berkeley’s December commencement ceremony, Rock said, “Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.”
Now, Rock doesn’t actually mean politically conservative in this context. In the interview, he clarifies: