Perspectives on Race

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Racism is a lawful freedom of expression

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http://big-news.blogspot.com/2009/11/racism-is-lawful-freedom-of-expression.html

“According to the Human Rights Commission [pdf], racism is a lawful freedom of expression under some circumstances, and Hone Harawira was within his rights to be racially offensive, because his comments were not insulting, abusive, or likely to bring contempt to any group.”

This article raises the question if racism is ok under any circumstances, or if it just has to hurt someone in order to be wrong. I believe that there is no place for racism in any society that hopes to be democratic to any degree.

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Written by samhag

November 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Racism is a prickly issue especially when it becomes tied with freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is a rather troublesome concept because it has no set definition or boundaries. It’s subjective to the highest degree because so many things can be argued to fall under its umbrella. Although I personally believe people shouldn’t use racism as justification for anything (mostly because a lot of it is based on misconstrued stereotypes), I still feel people should , to a fair degree ( I know subjective), be able to speak their mind. Otherwise how else would many social issues be brought to light. Voicing opinion is a actually a central part of the democratic process because it denotes political input.

    zsayed

    November 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

  2. I agree with you in that racism shouldn’t be allowed in public society. I believe however in private conversations and households it should be okay to talk about racism due to freedom of speech. But when it comes to something like a racist speech on public property like a State park, it should not be allowed.

    derekjwood

    November 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

  3. Freedom of speech applies everywhere. If a man wants to hate, he’s allowed to do it as long as he’s not harming others. He may be ignorant and wrong, but he’s entitled to his beliefs and hatreds.

    ahartzog

    November 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm


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