Hate Speech is a Media Creation That Stifles True Debate
Hate speech. Most people recoil at the term and who can blame them? The average person doesn’t spend their day plotting how to ruffle feathers and offend people, they just want to live their lives without headaches. So they naturally shun the phrase and any action labelled that. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t once one of those types that wanted to see people who were spewing ‘hate speech’ be no-platformed.
That was until I met the owner of this little site who’s passionate about letting people say what the hell they want, except for calls for violence. Then again, calls for violence are not protected under the First Amendment. It was challenging for me at first to understand. Ethan Ralph is far from a person who would ever spew anything I considered to be hate speech. The fierce zeal he would show when speaking about the subject intrigued me. And the more we discussed it, the more I could feel my mind opening up.
Hate speech is completely subjective.
In Pakistan, it is considered hate speech to say that homosexuals do not deserve to die and should be treated equally. In Britain, it is considered hate speech to say that homosexuality is abnormal and they should be sent to hospital. Both sentences offend two different sides of the coin but does that mean we shouldn’t say it? If we had met two years ago, I would have suggested we tread carefully about it, speak in hushed voices and in the safety on our like minded circles. I would suggest that we can gently insinuate the opinion, but not outright say it.
Now? Fuck that.
Over the past year, I have been shocked at the things that have been classed as ‘hate speech’.
And these are just the recent examples. Then there’s the woman who was so insulted at what a ‘preacher’ had been saying that she attacked him. Disgusting behaviour. It makes my blood boil. People who threaten others with violence because of their opinion are the scum of this Earth. You have none of my respect or sympathy.
Why do I care about hate speech now? Well, social media companies have teamed up with the European Union to remove ‘hate speech’. I’m almost certain this push has been due to the exposure of the mess the migrants have been making of Europe. While we’re on that matter, I’m voting Leave in the Brexit referendum, so maybe expect a piece about that in the future.
I’m sure that whatever bile coming from Black Lives Matter won’t be counted as hate speech, nor will any anti-Western comments. The people they will silence are the ones who speak against ‘protected minorities’. Don’t say anything about any religion (except Christianity) nor speak critically about any person of colour. The ‘Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech’ says ‘Freedom of expression is a core European value which must be preserved’, but I fail to see that. Sweden has blocked any articles about refugee violence from being seen in the country. I don’t see the EU jumping to get them to fix it. In fact, I would say that they nodded their heads in agreement when they heard of the plan.
Speech should not be monitored or censored. I will not agree with what every Tom, Dick and Harry has to say but I will stand up for their right to say it. And then I’ll take the piss out of them for not being a full shilling. Let us debate and ridicule these people. Unless they’re threatening violence, the law does not need to be involved. The criminalization of rhetoric should worry everyone with a functioning brain.
By the way, I’m all for freedom of speech, but there is a subject on the matter we must acknowledge. If you want to seriously debate a topic or make someone see your side of the story, shouting doesn’t do anything for you. Screaming at the top of your lungs and saying stuff like ‘THE MUSLIMS WILL MAKE YOUR THEIR WHITE WHORE’ isn’t helping you. Sure, that’s your take on the matter, but no one will take you seriously. Because you look like a dipshit. Sorry, but it’s true. Speak your mind but choose your words carefully. Your tongue holds the ability to be your biggest ally or your greatest enemy.