Hate Speech Is A Form Of Free Speech

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Neo-Nazis, Klu Klux Klan members, and Black Panther Party members are the most despicable human beings to ever walk the earth. When these groups make headlines in the national news cycle, there is often a debate that soon ensues. Similar to gun control debate after a deadly mass shooting, extremist groups can often spark a similar debate after holding a rally in major United States cities. This debate has one primary end goal: persuade Americans that hate speech is not a form of free speech. Hate speech is a form of free speech and must be protected as so. The principle of free speech is one of the primary reasons as to why the United States is the greatest country in the entire world. Our constitution guarantees all American citizens the inalienable right to the First Amendment. Americans can voice their opinion on whatever subject they please without worrying about prosecution. By deciding that hate speech is not free speech, we find ourselves undermining the very democracy unto which our country was built upon. Humans tend to have a very blurry line when it comes to biases towards certain subjects. Everyone’s bias can be influenced by home life, music, social class etc. Therefore, this bias can be used to dub speech they do not like as hateful. The freedom to practice speech is guaranteed to every American citizen, even if that speech is offensive to other citizens. Regarding this evident truth, we find ourselves wrestling with other Americans who proclaim hateful speech towards individuals and entire groups of people. On one hand, we understand that all speech is protected, however we can not ignore the awful hate being spewed by individuals. Every human being is born with an innate moral compass to determine the difference between right and wrong. With that being said, fellow citizens can demonstrate bias in terms of what they determine to be hate speech and what they determine not to be. This bias causes people to consider speech that they do not like as hate speech when in all actuality the speech is not hateful at all. Ira H. Mehlman is the media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform organization and she states that, “The problem we face in dealing with hate speech is that it
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