The claim that racist, sexist, or xenophobic speech is protected free speech is a manifestation of racist, sexist and xenophobic systems defining free speech. There is no valid reason for speech about why a certain "race", sex or where a person is born somehow makes them less than any other person. It's a derivative of racist slave owners being part of defining the dynamics of social discourse and insisting that their warped idea of white supremacy is a valid idea and that there are viable arguments for racial, sexual or nationalistic supremacy that are logical and can be held in civil discourse. Only a person who believes that some humans are less than other humans because of one of these immutable aspect of their being would make such a claim. That's stupidly insulting on it's face, but in American discourse it's reasonable because deplorable people have some control of the discourse.
Unfortunatelly it is protected. Look at some of the comments the president made! I guess unless you directly threaten someone, it's okay? Richard Stallman (not stallan) had proposed that you can't make a false post from medical. I agree with that. But the president's son was offended by strong words said against him. If you are a friend of someone that is of a different race/religion/orientation, or whatever, I give them crap. But, I expect it right back. As long as you are both willing to make fun of each other, that's fine. But, if it is hate speech, that is another thing. My hate is blind.
There is no such thing as hate speech.
There is speaking truth
There is speaking lies
If people were honest no problem, they would determine truth, by discussion, observation and experimentation and act according
When a Lie is considered true because it is preferable to an inconvenient truth
When truth is called a lie because it does not fit with a current trend of thinking
Honesty has lost all meaning
When an innocent can be judged guilty, or a guilty person found innocent for the sake of preserving a profitable lie
There is no justice, there is only profit.
When we lie to our children in school, church and home for the sake of a quiet and monetarily prosperous life, why are we surprised that they grow up with no respect for anything but their own ego, wants and desires.
In a world of liars, the dishonest man becomes a necessary evil and the honest man is a dangerous criminal.
To be sure certain types of speech can hurt, endanger or spread malicious false information, but for the most part "sticks and stones, hurt my bones but names will never hurt me" prevails.
Many countries have laws that prosecute hate speech, and some have laws that protect the name of god from blasphemy with punishments including death.The vague wording of some of these laws make them ideal tools for those in power to use against it foes in these areas.
Freedom of speech for many reasons is revered in USA, is spite of the vile rhetoric that it may enable. While there are strong normative prohibitions against such speech, the current Trump administration (I think) is breaking down these norms, normalizing speech which would not have the public platform it has obtained during his short tenure.
Speech is not truly free unless you are willing to let the people you find most repulsive speak their minds as well. Additionally you quickly start running into problems if you try to claim all hate speech needs to be banned. What exactly qualifies as hate speech can be a bit nebulous, and could conceivably be used to silence dissenting views. Like with all freedoms, there will be those who use them to do things we might find repugnant, but that is no reason to take away those freedoms.
I disagree. You and I don't have to agree with what they say or what anyone else says for that matter, but there should be no limitations on free speech other than those I the interest of public safety.
However remember that the constitution only means that they cannot be prosecuted for free speech. If racists face public backlash for their ignorance, lose their jobs, or are humiliated that's perfectly fine, but we cannot silence speech just because it's unpopular.
If people could ban speech they didn't agree with, we atheists would be a pretty silent group, wouldn't we?
Despise white supremists and racists. Wish they could be sent back in time to concentration camps like Vic Morrow's character in that disastrous Twilight Zone movie. Let the haters experience life and death under Hitler.'s Holocaust that they claim never happened.
Here's how free speech works: You have the right to say any damn fool thing that comes out of your mouth, so long as it is not slanderous or does not qualify as defamation of character. You do NOT have the right to protection from the government or anybody else for that matter from being ostricized or ridiculed for saying it.