Stop what you are doing, before you say anything, read the next paragraph and resist the urge to jump to self-righteous conclusions. I don’t think that people should be allowed to post hate speech on the board, and I do believe that in these circumstance restricting free speech is perfectly acceptable. The board is private property and it would be totally unjust to allow people to paint hateful images on the board. What gets my hackles raised is people pretending that it is a free speech board when it isn’t. Hate speech is free speech because it is speech, and speech is always free.
So don’t say “hate speech isn’t free speech ‘because what you should be saying is “hate speech is free speech, but we don’t want it on our fucking board”. That is a little less catchy, but at least it doesn’t have the stench of hypocrisy. “Hate speech is not free speech” is like the “War on Terror”, a total contradiction of term. This is indicates a disturbing trend in SLC to be afraid of free speech.
In one class, my teacher asked me about my view on the censorship in Huckleberry Finn due to the use of the N-Word in the text, and I responded that it should not be censored at all. The entire class chewed me out, saying that it was offensive and we should censor it in order to prevent hurting people’s feelings. To me this was a surreal experience, because in my entire life people who censored Twain always seemed, to me, like Bigfoot, a mythical beast that people desperately looking for affirmation believe in.
Let’s be frank, history is a sad, upsetting and horribly offensive subject, and trying to color it otherwise is an exercise in futility and quite frankly rather Orwellian. The fact is, that is how people in the South talked in the late 1830s. People were racist back then. White-washing history (no pun intended) only blinds us to how the past works, and how racists thought, and why racism was able to flourish.
Historically, censorship leads to self-delusion, and people forgetting how to cope with disagreement. Fox News suffers from this, and certain elements at SLC feel to me like a leftist Fox News. To pretentiously quote Mark Twain “History doesn’t repeat, it rhymes”.