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Hate Speech

Updated on September 28, 2010

Hate speech and the first amendment go hand in hand because the law gives us the right to say whatever the hell we want.  

            Hate speech is any communication that disparages a person or society on basis of certain characteristics such as sexual orientation, religion, and race. Not to condemn anyone for their beliefs, but hate speech has been around for god knows how long and quite often, many people are guilty of it unintentionally and more often than none, people are guilty of it intentionally especially those you find spewing out insults against homosexuality, ones’ religious affiliations, and ones race or skin color.

I for one do not think these laws should be eliminated. I don’t think they are being enforced enough at all. Many people forget that words hurt more than anything. I know myself being an a black American and for the first time in my life, someone close to me used the n word when referring to me on repeated occasions. I was extremely hurt and in utter shock, mostly because I was twenty three years old at the time and it was literally the first time anyone had said something so hateful to me and I broke down because I was completely dumbfounded in how to move past that. For me, I felt that it came from living a rather sheltered life.

In this country politics and religion go hand in hand, and in my opinion, it really shouldn’t. Personal views are often being pushed upon society and its not right in my book. People use hate speech to push their agendas forward and they can get away with it outright. So in all effect, the laws aren’t doing very much to push forward any sort of resolution against hate speech. If you ask me, I would say the law condones such speech in this country.

Sure many people would most likely be for the law being pushed more and more in efforts to stop hate speech and make it a more punishable by law crime but the sad part is that there are a number of individuals in society who will throw out the freedom of speech amendment because they want their agendas pushed further and they will of course say that there rights are being violated. That’s what makes it even sicker to me. People will actually fight for the right to verbally abuse and harm other individuals. What does that say about the society we live in?


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      Sanjay Sapre 7 years ago from India

      perfect. i think you have chosen a topic so pertinent and pervading in everybody's life that it can take a shape of a book.