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  •  why not? (3+ / 0-)
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    Black Max, LNK, Marja E

    even if you think it's akin to "fire in a crowded theatre" -- which i'm pretty sure it's not -- you'd still need a statute passed in advance.  And it would have to criminalize all racially insensitive speech, not just some within a category, unless limited to direct threats, which are already illegal.  R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul.  

    Your argument is otherwise "free speech for me but not for thee."  When you say "I strongly don't accept that this is free speech," you want to have it both ways -- to defend the concept of free speech, but not the idea that it means speech you (and I) don't like must also be heard.  Doesn't work like that, and in practice, any attempt to limit speech would boomerang in the short run and would probably wind up being used against people of color in the long run, as the early free speech cases involved prosecutions against anarchists and socialists.  

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 07:43:40 PM PDT

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