The N Word vs Freedom Of Speech
A War On Words . . .
Is Your Goat Tied Here?
Verbal bullying, name calling, insult hurling, fire-breathing words that were designed to shock and revile are not polite, but are part of life in general. Most kids grow up getting called a whole lot worse than 'n' words.
But if you think the 'n' word is offensive, it is even more so when politics are involved. Whenever the 'n' word (or any other word) is used to encourage heated debate on its use or misuse, the first thing most controlling governments do is find a way to get tax funding to study its eradication to create laws of censorship.
Censorship And The 'N' Word
"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." ~ Mae West
Mae West could not have said it better, and no truer words were ever spoken. Lawmakers are currently implementing policies designed to police the offensive words of its taxpaying citizens for courtroom profit on behalf of those who claim to be offended or abused by them. Essentially, our First Amendment rights are being eroded one word at a time.
History and Meaning of Freedom Of Speech
According to Wikipedia, the origins of freedom of speech and expression began with ancient Athen's' democratic ideology of free speech documented in the late 6th or early 5th century BC. Two of the most cherished values of the Roman Republic were freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Formal documentation of freedom of speech in the United States dates back to 1698, as it related to French and English occupation of the colonists at the time. After the Revolutionary War, the United States incorporated ones right to freedom of speech in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is also included by many state constitutions, and state and federal laws.
However, the freedom is not absolute; the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized several categories of speech that are excluded from the freedom of speech, and it has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on speech. How this freedom of speech is manipulated by the courts and international laws can be found in the detailed timeline here.
The N Word In The Amazon
There is more to the history of The N Word than what is written in a couple of books. Knowledge is a good thing. You are welcome to share yours here.
Banning The N Word
Banning words typically leads to burning books, courtrooms filled with frivolous law suits, and a country filled with people who are afraid to speak their mind.
Should we protect our freedom of speech? Or should the "n" word be banned?
So what do you think?
The Most Important Thing
It's not just about the 'n' word. Words evoke emotion, instill intelligence, bridge gaps in communication, inspire ideas, and educate. Words can be powerful. Words can heal the heart, or instill a riot. But words are only words until people get involved.
For just a minute, imagine living in a world where 'words' are selected for elimination.
Words Of Wisdom
"Neither a borrower, nor a lender be" ~ William Shakespeare, 1564
In summary, the purpose of this site is to enlighten and encourage debate, and serve as a gentle reminder that there are more important issues than banning words. You are welcome to say what you want here, and if you have a link that relates to our First Amendment Rights, you are welcome to share it here, too.