Hate Speech

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Hate Speech, Should it be Regulated?
Hate speech, what is it? The definition of hate speech, according to Mari J. Matsuda, author of "Assaultive Speech and Academic Freedom, is "…(a word of group of words) of which is to wound and degrade by asserting the inherent inferiority of a group" (151). In my own words hate speech is a humiliation and demeaning slur of words specifically used to disgrace a person for their race, religion, or sexual habits. There is now a controversy if hate speech should be regulated on college campuses or not. I have read a few articles with the author being either for or against regulating hate speech. My opinion is that yes, we should regulate hate speech on college campuses.
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He believes that if hate speech is regulated then the first amendment is violated. I do agree with McMaster on this one stand point but it is not enough to make me against regulation. Gellman asks three questions, those are: "What are the costs to society as a whole of hate speech laws (which she calls ‘ethnic intimidation laws ')? Are there unexpected dangers for ethnic minority groups in the hate speech laws designed to protect them? Do hate speech laws actually achieve their objectives of ‘combating bigotry and encouraging equal dignity ' ?" (176). My answer to the first question is the cost to society is the hate and the bad relationships that there are in our society. The second question I answer as: no there are not unexpected dangers because this law protects them. Also to the third question I say that yes it will achieve their objective to reducing hate speech because of the consequences that will be given. Gates believes that "to regulate speech will lead to wider restrictions on free speech and to a weakening of civil rights" (182). Although it might put a damper on how people perceive the first amendment, I believe that it will not weaken our civil rights. These are the views of the three authors on being against regulating hate speech.
Yes I am for regulating hate speech, although I do comprehend and understand McMaster 's view that it will go against the first amendment. I am all for free
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