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Obama: Students Need to Stop Shutting Down Speech of People They Disagree With

obamaDuring his commencement speech at Howard University this afternoon, President Obama took a moment to advise students against shutting down speech because they don’t like the views of the person saying it.

Obama’s broached this topic before, but today he expressed his concern about the “trend around the country of trying to get college to disinvite speakers with a different point of view or disrupt a politician’s rally.”

“Don’t do that,” he said, “no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths.”

He said the best answer to speech you disagree with is to “engage,” because if all you do is try and shut down them, “you just make them a victim, and then they can avoid accountability.”

“If the other side has a point,” the president argued, “learn from them! If they’re wrong, rebut them, teach them, beat them on the battlefield of ideas!”

Watch above, via CNN.

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