Free Speech And Hate Speech

1000 Words Oct 6th, 2016 4 Pages
The first couple of weeks in this semester we discussed a lot in class about the power of language. One of the main thing we talked about is what the difference between hate and free speech is, and what the first amendment does to control them both. The first amendment states that congress shall make no law that abridges the freedom of speech. But to what extent should language be protected? The rights of one man should reach until they shadow over another’s. Meaning free speech is protected until it violates the rights of another. Hate speech is the line where free speech becomes unconstitutional. The contrast between free speech and hate speech is a heavily discussed topic in today’s society, for good reason. The differences between the two can be blurred and hard to distinguish at times. This is because the very definition of hate speech is disputed. I was taught in class, and know, hate speech to be any language that incites violence upon a particular religion, race, or any classification of individuals. Because threatening violence upon a group violates their constitutional rights that is where the line is drawn. On the other hand, some consider the definition to include offending or insulting these groups of people, this definition is misleading. Technically under the first amendment one is allowed to be insulting toward factions they just cannot cross that line of violence. A good example of this, which was brought up in class, is Donald Trump. He has been quoted…

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