Now I’m not defending any racist or hateful speech, but as someone who values the first amendment, I don’t like the idea of ‘protesting’ to prevent even ugly speech from being said. And here’s why: What’s to keep something the protesters say from being considered ‘hateful’ and ‘ugly’ in the future? Nothing! If that happened, then they’d be the first to bitch about their ‘rights’ being infringed!
Sorry, but if you want to protect your right to free speech, then that means enduring comments you may despise. Otherwise, you run the risk of having your speech taken away. What’s more important to you? Being able to keep your own speech or removing that which you disagree with?
It’s a dangerous slippery slope that way too many in this country are willing to go down to keep from being ‘offended.’ I don’t give a shit about being offended because I frankly don’t give a rip about what folks think about me. Yet, most people are so sensitive that they can’t just ignore something…no, it has to be silenced.
One day someone will come for their free speech and I hope they remember this day.
Charlottesville weekly apologizes over anonymous racist comment – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia News.