Based on experience, my suspicion was aroused by the VP debate plans to send protestors to a “free speech area,” totally separated, isolated and ignored.
This all makes “free speech” and/or protest more a performance, not necessarily for anybody but the speakers or protesters to see or hear themselves.
This is like putting a person in a cage or closet and telling them, “Yes, you can protest. Yes, you have free speech. But stand in the corner with your nose and signs facing toward the corner.”
I experienced nearly the same plan at the VP debate in 2000 when anti-death penalty protestors were sent to an isolated field somewhere in Danville to talk to themselves.
I helped organize 1,200 demonstrators against war, etc., when George W. Bush came to Lexington a few years back, and without such suppression. We were located adjacent to the building his speech was in for the media and public to see.
Does this Danville/Centre College suppression of free speech, and contact with the public and media, represent an educational institution, a town or even freedom of speech in this country?
If only the world could see. If only this nation could see and/or both understand what is not shown on TV.
Don B. Pratt