Commonly this is referred to as "Political Correctness" (PC). Outside of the political arena PC is found most often within the ivy covered halls of our universities.
Am I going to do a rant against PC?
Well, not exactly.
We've all heard silly examples of words we, now, are not supposed to use; like "Janitor". Such a job title is demeaning to all those who do janitorial work according to the PC crowd - not that anyone has actually asked a janitor for his or her opinion.
No, the stifling of free speech has risen to heights way beyond PC - hence the title of this article, "Hermann Goring & Heinrich Himmler Would Be So Proud".
Before and during World War II, the Nazi Party had definite ideas as to what was acceptable speech - especially political speech. Any set of words that seemed against the Nazi agenda was not acceptable. Any who dared speak such was tracked and hunted down by the Gestapo - the secret police of Nazi Germany - and punished, often severely.
The Gestapo was started by Hermann Goring. Heinrich Himmler soon took Goring's spot as head of the Gestapo.
And how, exactly did the Gestapo find out who was saying such anti-Nazi things? The German people were encouraged to "rat out" their fellow citizens.
In fact, the number of actual Gestapo agents was relatively small. They had the "people" do their work for them. German records indicate that as much as 80% of all information gathered by the Gestapo was from German citizens - (note see the 3rd paragraph in this link.
Which brings us to today in the good ole USofA.
"Why, that kind of thing couldn't happen here!", you say. Well, WRONG!
There is an organization, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Its mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience.
Here is their summary report on this issue:
FIRE's Bias Response Team' Report for 2017
Throughout 2016, FIRE surveyed bias reporting systems at public and private schools across the United States. We found 232 bias reporting systems publicized on American university or college campuses: 143 at public institutions and 89 at private institutions. Of the institutions that identify the personnel tasked with reviewing these reports, the personnel often included law enforcement (42%), student conduct administrators (63%), and public or media relations staff (12%). FIRE also observed that universities were utilizing broad definitions of “bias incident,” inviting reports of political speech for review by administrators and law enforcement. Using public records laws, FIRE found myriad instances of protected political speech, spanning the ideological spectrum, reported to Bias Response Teams.
The key in this report is the "inviting reports of political speech for review by administrators and law enforcement".
And, HERE are a few examples of what is going on.
So, if you are to utter a political remark that does not sit well with someone else, they can report you to the appropriate authorities. Sounds pretty scary to me.
And, even worse, the "accuser" remains anonymous. Being anonymous, there is no recrimination for false reports - meaning you are investigated whether you ran afoul of bad political speech or not. And, AND, there is no definition of what "bad political speech" entails. It's purely subjective.
In this Washington Examiner article it seems that hundreds of colleges and universities are taking up the crusade against all who politically don't fall in line with progressive thinking.
As the article points out, some students were even "reported" to one of these Bias Reporting Teams for having written chalk messages supporting, now, President Trump - as well as other interesting anecdotes.
It seems that if your political leaning doesn't suit someone, anyone, they can report you. Then, you have to answer to whichever local Torquemada that happens to be near.
As these investigations by Bias Reporting Teams are not legal proceedings, the 6th Amendment's guarantee of being able to face your accuser does not apply.
We in this country are supposed to all be equal under the law. Splitting hairs as to whether accusations are part of the legal system or not, is more than should be tolerated.
Yes, ole Himmler would be very proud. Our own politically progressive universities are doing exactly what the Gestapo wanted without needing government encouragement or insistence.
This issue should be part of the President's agenda to fix - and soon.