The Intolerance of the Tolerance Culture
The Intolerance of the Tolerance Culture
Written By Micah Clark   |   07.31.20

After two decades of hearing the virtues of tolerance and diversity, American society has become increasingly intolerant, and because of that, less diverse when it comes to the ability to offer opinions in public and private discourse.

A startling new poll has found that more Americans than ever before are self-censoring their views out of a fear of sharing an opinion that does not fit the cultural narrative. Not surprisingly, those with traditional or conservative beliefs are the most likely to self-censor their views when they speak to others.

The new Cato Institute/YouGov national survey finds that overall 62 percent of Americans say that today’s political climate prevents them from saying what they believe.

Strong liberals stand out as the only political group in which a majority feels that they can freely express themselves, with 6 out of 10 saying this.  In contrast, 77 percent of Republicans say that they self-censor their views out of fear of the culture. Self-censorship spans all ethnic groups, with 65 percent of Latino Americans, 64 percent of white Americans, and 49 percent of African Americans saying they have political views they are afraid to share.

This article was originally published by AFA of Indiana.

Micah Clark
In 1989 Micah Clark graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Micah interned as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives’ Republican staff and later became an Assistant Campaign Manager for a State Senator. Micah then served as a legislative assistant for Citizens Concerned for the Constitution. He served as the Indiana Family Institute’s Director of Public Policy, and later as its Executive Director, throughout the 1990’s. Micah is the only person to have served with all three of Indiana’s top statewide pro-family organizations. In November 2001, Micah became the Executive...
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