If you are on UNCG’s campus right now, you’ve noticed that there are a variety of messages, written in chalk on the ground. The authors of the individual messages vary. Anybody can write anything they want. Free the Campus did not write, nor do we endorse any particular message written on the ground, but the initiative to have free speech expressed through chalk was our doing. We asked many students if they wanted to write in large letters “FREE SPEECH” and underneath that “Write Anything” “freethecampus.com” Many of the students wanted to participate, so at 4:00 AM they met on campus to write whatever they felt like writing.
The opportunity to write is open to more than just those students to participate; in each area, sticks of chalk were left behind so that absolutely anybody is able to write whatever they feel like saying. The purpose is to give everybody a way of expressing themselves and speak freely on the college campus. Free the Campus does not stand behind any particular view written down, rather is in support of exercising free speech. Around 450 sticks of chalk were left behind scattered in the various areas, to give everyone plenty of opportunity to express themselves.
As I’ve said, Free the Campus did not control or instruct any individual to write any particular message. We believe that all voices should be heard, and instead of silencing those who disagree or those you find offensive, we believe in giving everyone a chance to argue their points of view. If you think an idea is bad, then instead of silencing it, engage in it and show why you think it is false. This website gives you an opportunity to do just that. Anybody can write an argument for any view here, and as long as it is well-written, does not contain personal attacks, vulgarities, or adult material, we will post it!
The goal is to allow all voices to be heard, and to engage in ideas instead of attacking or rejecting people. Free speech is not an idea that belongs to liberals, conservatives, libertarians, or any other group of people, but rather free speech is a human right that we can all support. So instead of getting upset or silencing others, take the chalk for yourself and write what you want to say. Write an argument for why your position is right, and publish it here so that others can see why they should agree.
Put your email on this site, to follow when new arguments are posted! Also, be sure to check out our free-speech t-shirts! We have something for everybody, and are coming up with more designs to post as time goes on! Be a part of the movement!