Speech On The Bill Of Rights

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On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. According to, In Our Defense: The Bill of Right in Action, the First Amendment stated that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” (Alderman and Kennedy, pg.21). Because of the First Amendment, hate speech, “no matter how offensive its content”, was “protected” under the laws (ACLZ). However, people are still demanding more. They want hate-related speech to be allowed on campuses –without knowing the effects and the damage it could do. Hate speech could bring people down, lower their confidences and their school performance, and in some case, school avoidance. The audiences of offensive speech on campuses are students. At these ages, their brains are still developing and are very sensitive. Hate speech could affect the way they think for their entire life, and in the worst case, it could result in violence. Hate speech should not be protected on college campuses. Parents, teachers, and many students themselves, believe that bullying and cyber bullying should not be allowed on campus (or anywhere else in the world), yet they think that hate speech is, however, an acceptable thing on campuses. How does this society think that speech that carries offensive messages and could change the way one thinks about his or her self negatively shouldn’t be defined as bullying? Not only on campus but everyone
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