Hate Speech is a Media Creation That Stifles True Debate

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’.

Man who ‘wore offensive Hillsborough t-shirt’ arrested

Archbishop faces lawsuit over ‘hate speech’ against gays

Man faces hate crime charge in Scotland over dog’s ‘Nazi salute’

‘Jap’ Is Beyond Political Incorrectness — It Is 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.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.

  • masterninja

    I believe this is the best piece you have written so far Nora!

    • Sockpuppet Nora


  • Mr0303

    Great article.

    I’m reminded of the Orwellian Newspeak – they modify the language so that people can’t express anything that goes against the Party’s will. Here the corporations and governments are taking a different approach – they label anything they don’t want discussed as “hate speech” and in so training people to not talk or even think about those topics.

    Even at a fundamental level the whole concept is silly – you should be able to talk about things that you hate – food, people, places and even the weather.

  • Toastrider

    The price of free speech is sometimes hearing speech you don’t like.

    • BanPC

      Absolutely! No more up votes to give. +1

  • Silence Dogood

    Just like Master Milo says, bring facts to the table. Hate Speech is, as far as I’m concerned, only calls to violence. The rest is just opinion, uninformed or otherwise. When debating ideas, the side that is more rational, that has facts and reason to back it up, that’s the “right” side.

  • BanPC

    Zero fucks given, no shits taken.
    That’s the way I chose to live.
    I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

    But then again, that’s hate speech. Lol.

    • Deb

      “You’re hateful!”

      Do you hear it a lot? =b

  • D-Bone

    Great piece, Nora. I saw this trending the other night and I enjoyed reading some of the off the rocker tweets from the Regressive Leftist who went full trigger off of it.

    Someone reported my body guard license a few weeks ago, so I’ve been more cautious the last couple of weeks on social media because I have a feeling it may have been some nut job who didn’t like what I said somewhere. The state cleared it after an investigation and I filed for a freedom of information act to see if I can see who is behind it.
    Always something with these wackos 😉

    • Sockpuppet Nora

      I’m sorry that happened, what a freaking wanker. I wish I could understood why someone would go to such great lengths just because they didn’t like the words coming out of your mouth. I’m glad the thing got cleared up though.

    • Damn man, that’s nuts. I’m also glad you got it cleared up. It’s one thing to go after someone like me, with a site or whatever, but trying to take down regular commenters is truly demented.

  • scemar

    The moment freedom of speech was put in place, it was done for the sake of giving people a political guarantee, that they could criticize policies openly

    Later on “hate speech” was invented as a sort of exception to the rule, in cases where it would legitimately incite violence

    But as it is often the case the political machine was quick to take advantage of this exception and expand on it

    Right now most of the boom on this fight against hate speech comes from the same sides that are seeing their open borders policies criticized and very evidently the main objective is simply to crack up the censorship against those opinions which criticize those policies

    It’s sad but we’ve gone a full circle

  • Quise

    This, to me, is the essence of what the Ralph Retort SHOULD BE ABOUT! Great, great piece, Nora. I agree 1000% with the statement that “hate speech stifles true debate”. Intellectual freedom is everything to a free society, and that includes shocking, racially unbecoming, sexually deviant or politically radical speech. I hope that you write more from your perspective, Nora, because your background really adds value to your commentary. You approach these issues with a perspective that is difficult to recreate. Raised as a female muslim, your words on intellectual freedom really carry a lot of weight, and I thank you for your speaking out.
    Every time I think I’m done with theRalphRetort (generally due to the weak and shitty writing by “triggered troll” Jack-Off-Outis), an article like this brings me back. Great work.

    • I agree with you on Nora’s words carrying even more weight due to her background. Also, I love her writing and always want to bring you guys as much of it as possible.

      I do realize that Outis rubs some of you all the wrong way, but he has done some solid work for the site, especially when I was gone. I don’t co-sign everything he’s written. Some whole articles I don’t agree with lol. Still, I think his voices adds some value.

      • Quise

        Hey Ralph, glad you enjoyed your trip and I’m glad to have you back and active on your “retort”. As a long time fan (and somewhat recent commentator), I appreciate all the work you’ve done with this site. It started as a hub for GG and expanded into more diverse commentary and cultural analysis, which can be a blessing and a curse, especially for a start-up, small operation swimming among the massive media giants crowding the world of online editorializing.
        I think I’ve made it quite clear how I feel about Jack’s writing in my comments, but it bears repeating- he has devalued the reputation of theRalphRetort. This is a place where intelligent, occasionally humorous but ALWAYS well thought out commentary is the order of the day. Jack brings a lack of writing skill and a lack of tact that will end up damaging the reputation of this fine site, which would break my heart. Remember, my brother Ralph- QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.

    • Sockpuppet Nora

      Thank you. i’m glad you liked the piece. Outis and I are two different writer, I prefer thought pieces were as Outis likes to write provocative pieces. I know quite a few people prefer his pieces to mine, I can get a bit boring sometimes.

      I’ll try to write a bit more in the future, I do enjoy writing for Ralph’s site since I get to write what I want.

  • Dave The Sandman

    Well said, well written, well done

    Hats off and three rousing hurrahs for the Lovely N

    • Sockpuppet Nora

      You’re going to make me big-headed.

      • Dave The Sandman

        Praise where praise was due is all that was. Its a fine piece of writing and you should be proud of it.
        The pen is like the sword though angel – both need constant honing to stay effective.
        Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing a persuasive Brexit article from you soon 😉

  • Yarlg

    I hate hate speech. Anyone who makes hate speech should die violently, including people who make hate speech against hate speech. /sarcasm