A world without hate speech

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Zach Greenberg

“It takes as little as a flyer, a speech, a newspaper article, or a comedian to trigger calls for ‘hate speech’ bans on college campuses. Considering that many college students support the prohibition of hate speech, let’s imagine if the would-be censors got their way — what would our society look like? First, we must acknowledge that, in the United States, hateful speech is fully protected by the First Amendment. There’s no ‘hate speech versus free speech’ debate raging in our nation’s judiciary. Nor is there a balancing test, an exemption, or a special constitutional provision allowing the government to prohibit it — hateful speech is categorically protected in our nation, including at public colleges and universities, and that’s not changing anytime soon. Getting back to our hate speech-less utopia, we have the luxury of looking to an actual world full of hate speech prosecutions in the many nations that do not enjoy our broad free speech protections.” (10/12/17)

https://www.thefire.org/a-world-without-hate-speech/