Hate Speech is everywhere and even some little things you say everyday could be considered Hate Speech. The question is, at what point does Hate Speech become unjustifiable? When is it too much? In the video What is Hate Speech? We Asked College Students, the filmmaker asked the students what things may be hate speech and many people thought ¨women say men are scum¨ was not Hate Speech. They took no time to decide that its degrading men and that it is obvious hate speech. What they did think was bad though, was some of the things Trump has said. It seems that hate speech begins to get fought against when the topic has higher influence. For example, if you saw a guy on the street saying he hates women, everyone would just think the guy was crazy and move on, but if it was multiple guys, then people would stop, police would be called, and people would begin to protest against their opinion. An article named Online Misogyny Is Hate Speech: Like other forms of hate speech, it can lead to violence also wrote how women are getting attacked on the internet and the attackers are gaining supporters. Mentioning how these supporters have begun to kill others seems to bring in the view that the attackers should be silenced to avoid further influence, but in my opinion, it is not the attackers fault. How could the attacker predict what their supporters will do? They should not be silenced because someone, who they may not have even known, goes that extra mile and hurts an innocent person.
In Snyder V. Phelps, a family presses charges on a church group for protesting during a gay veterans funeral. They said discriminating things about the man who laid dead in his coffin, but the Supreme Court ruled it not against the laws of Hate Speech. Even though what the church group had done was completely morally and ethically wrong, they did have a right to be there. They were able to spread their message but the way they did it does not shed them in a good light. Its sad but these are the things we must cherish. Hate Speech is a very complex form of protest and it should be kept with as little regulation as possible. The only time the government should step in is when the hate speech insights violence. There should be no threats, but only if it were that simple.
Tags: Hate Speech, discrimination
Kane, Vivian. “Online Misogyny Is Hate Speech: Like other forms of hate speech, it can lead to violence.” Moment, Sept.-Oct. 2018, p. 18. Student Resources in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A562691146/GPS?u=mono131514&sid=GPS&xid=38deab27. Accessed 19 Feb. 2019.
“Snyder v. Phelps.” Oyez, 19 Feb. 2019, http://www.oyez.org/cases/2010/09-751.
“What Is Hate Speech? We Asked College Students.” YouTube. N. p., 2019. Web. 25 Feb. 2019.