Kojo and panelists at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md.

Kojo and panelists at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md.

Confederate flags adorned with blooms of cotton were posted around American University the night the school opened its Anti Racist Research and Policy Center. And just last spring, a black Bowie State University student was stabbed to death by a white student at the University of Maryland in College Park. These are the latest in a long line of local campus incidents sparking fear, anger and debate about the limits of “safe spaces” at schools that pride themselves on ideological diversity and freedom of expression. As part of the “Kojo In Your Community” series, Kojo discussed the line between protection of students and protection of free speech in Hyattsville, Md. with students and members of Washington’s academic community.

WAMU Education coverage is supported in part by American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Rashawn Ray Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Maryland; @SociologistRay
  • Taylor Dumpson Student Government President, American University @AUSGPresident
  • Caleb Kitchen M.P.P. candidate of public policy, Scar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
  • Jeremy Mayer Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; Author, “Running On Race: Racial Politics In Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000,” and “Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities"; @JerryDMayer

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