Tucker Carlson debated a Michigan State University student over the college's pending ban on whiteboards, after an offensive term was scrawled on one inside a dormitory. The Lansing, Mich. branch of the NAACP hailed the administration's decision as a victory for the school's black community. "Why not ban pens, keyboards, and other instruments of divergent opinions and just kind of suppress speech, and everyone will be happy?" Carlson asked Aaron Stephens, a student at MSU who supports the decision. On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Stephens said the larger issue is that a student felt compelled to "intimidate somebody... based on a different identity."
He said the ban itself is imperfect because it puts the blame on the "messaging" rather than the "message." Carlson responded that the promise of the First Amendment is not only to be allowed free thought but also free speech. Stephens said discourse should be respectful and that a person's viewpoint should be about "attacking issues" rather than people. "Maybe we live in such an Orwellian world that the only outlet is on a whiteboard," Carlson said.