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Alan Dershowitz says no one should have 'safe spaces' from ideas on college campuses


Alan Dershowitz says no one should have 'safe spaces' from ideas on college campuses

WATCH  | A prominent New York attorney this weekend railed against so-called "safe-spaces" that have proliferated on  college campuses. 

What are 'safe spaces'?

Safe spaces are areas on campus where students can go to shield themselves from what they view as hostile speech. 

The spaces first started popping up during protests at the University of Missouri, after a series of racially charged events were met with protests last year. 

But other students and teachers argue that the safe spaces infringe on their First Amendment rights to free speech. 

Do you think safe spaces are a good idea on college campuses?

Alan Dershowitz, a well-known civil rights attorney and Harvard professor, said people don't need protection from differing opinions and ideas. 

"Nobody gives safe spaces to Christians, conservatives, to people who advocate free speech, to Zionists, to people who support Israel, to Jews," Dershowitz said.

No one should have safe spaces from ideas.
Alan Dershowitz

'No one should have safe spaces from ideas'

Speaking on Armstrong Williams' talk show "The Right Side," Dershowitz said colleges should be a place where everyone can speak freely, even if some of their ideas seem offensive.

"Everybody should have safe spaces from physical intimidation. But no one should have safe spaces from ideas," he said.

Some colleges ban safe spaces 

In August, the University of Chicago sent out a letter to students saying it would not condone the creation of safe spaces on campus. 

"Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own," Jay Ellison, the university's dean of students, wrote in the letter

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