Hate speech generally has a very negative contribution to society, and conceptually, banning it would be ideal. But, I cannot see how this could be fairly done.
Hate speech is usually directed toward non-male, non-white, non-straight, and non-Christian people, and I have a hunch that if there were some sort of hate-speech-monitoring-committee in our country, it would be comprised of straight, white, Christian males, which is problematic in this theoretical situation for obvious reasons.
I think it’s completely fair to say that the recent killing of United States ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other Americans in Libya have been at best confusing, and at worst completely tragic.
From my American, and also non-Islamic perspective, it is almost confounding as to why a low quality film, that quite obviously represents the views of few could cause riots in over twenty countries. Especially considering the amount of Islamophobic media that has been created and produced by United Statesians that has never caused so drastic a response.
There have been numerous cases of large uprisings in many Middle Eastern countries that have been very largely undocumented, particularly by mainstream, corporate, television news sources.
Could a shoddy trailer and a French cartoon mocking the entire rigmarole really cause violent anti-American media riots across the Middle East, and the temporary closure of several French embassies? I don’t know.
The only reasonable conclusion I’ve come to is that I don’t know the full story. And I am not exactly apt to believe everything reported by The Associated Press or CNN. It was Ben Franklin that said, “Believe none of what you hear, and half of what you see.”
I have seen pictures and read accounts from people in that area of the peaceful, 30,000 people march through Benghazi, and demonstrations done by Libyan people sympathizing with America over the deaths that occurred. The Board of Trustees hadn’t revised the policy for first amendment facility use since 2000 and felt it was time last spring. The new policy guidelines became effective on May 20, 2012. If you’d like to read more about the policy visit WAC 132X-30-040 on Washington State Legislature’s website http://www.leg.wa.gov.
Vice President for Administrative Services, Nancy McKinney said last spring, “Students were complaining about having to walk through protesters in order to get to class.” According to McKinney, protesters acted too aggressively, and students were exposed to material they did not want.
The question stands, should hate speech be protected speech?