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Is Free Speech Really Free?

Updated on October 15, 2012

Americans and many others in different countries have a Freedom of Speech. Whenever there is a debate or argument, usually someone will state, "Hey, I have the right to my opinion". How often have you, the reader of this, thought something yet was reluctant to verbally say it in fear of adverse reactions? What about words or phrases that in the 70's or 80's were accepted in the daily life yet now because of the PC police, one refrains from saying it. When is it actually your "right" to free speech? There seems to many encumbrances on the "freedom", whether it is just common sense depending on the situation or the norm is no longer accepted in society, yet, it is not against the law.

So, is free speech really free? Not really. If you call a black person a nigger in the hood, you could be a dead man walking, what if you called women are the niggers of the world? What did John Lennon exactly mean by that when he released his 1971 single? He meant women have been second citizens in many societies of the world, heck, just look at most Muslim or Arab countries. Is it a crime to call a gay person a fag? No. Before the 1970's, the word, gay, still meant "happy". What about less provocative words, like fuck, shit, bitch. One hears these stumble out of mouths daily in all places from the President of the US to a low-life, yet, all of them cast bad light on those saying them, depending on how and when they are used.

It seems free speech is encumbered by a variety of inconsistent rules. For instance, it is okay for a black person to call another black person a nigger, why? Freedom of Speech really just means that free speech is free but only as long as it does not bother someone within range of what was said. If they have a problem with it, then, the speech is not free.

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      5 years ago from USA

      We don't need to lower ourselves to insult people to prove that in the US, the freedom of speech is limited. Just stick to hubpages, how many hubbers don't fully express themselves in fear of reprisals? An ex cop (I forgot his name) in the 70's, 80's uncovered the implication of the CIA in drug dealing in Los Angeles and opened his mouth, he's still on the black list!

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