When Eve Fairbanks (South Africa, 2009-2011) returned to the United States this year to publicize her new book The Inheritors about South Africa’s racial reckoning, she was informed that cancel culture had become a “pervasive reality.” But she found her experience different, she writes in The Atlantic.

“I began to think that the way pro-free-speech advocates now talk about speech suppression constitutes a driver of the perception of it,” she writes. “And that, paradoxically, concern about cancel culture has itself become a threat to free speech.”


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