[DEBATE] : Re: Hate speech
tshankimahlangu at yahoo.com
Thu May 11 17:25:01 BST 2006
"I wonder if we would tolerate listings that say the
Holocaust was a lie?"
I do not understand the import of this sentence.
--- Charlene Smith <clsmith at global.co.za> wrote:
> I wonder if we would tolerate postings that support
> racist lynchings? I
> wonder if we would tolerate listings that say the
> Holocaust was a lie?
> Would we simply block comments that most Muslims are
> suicide bombers in
> Would I get away with saying "black men can't keep
> it in their pants" as
> Mbeki wrongly claimed I said - correcting it the
> next day and pointing out
> it was an African American professor from Univ
> Dartmouth\ Mass?
> Would we tolerate me saying that children should be
> beaten to within an inch
> of their life if they are 'disobedient'?
> Every civilised society, every democracy supports
> freedom of expression, BUT
> it says with freedom comes responsibility. I cannot
> say or do anything that
> creates harm to others, that has the potential to
> incite harm, that the
> majority find repugnant, distressing or hurtful.
> In a debate forum such as ours vigorous debate is
> encouraged, a wide sharing
> of ideas ... but as Patrick tries to guide us
> toward, there is an
> expectation that we should be respectful.
> Why is it that women are expected to be tolerant of
> disgraceful ideas that
> support harm to women and we should merely press a
> block senders button? Or
> leave the list in disgust as I have more than once.
> This is supposed to be
> an intellectual forum, not a dog fight. We are
> expected, so I believe, to
> express views based on some levels of sensitivity,
> lots of levels of careful
> thought, research and intellect, and to present them
> as far as possible
> Our great democracy - and today we celebrate our
> Constitution's 10th
> anniversary - protects freedom of expression, but
> also has limits on what we
> may say, write, broadcast, disseminate... because no
> freedom is unfettered
> of responsibility to broader society. I cannot act
> alone, I cannot speak
> only for myself, because I need to peacefully
> co-exist, I need to respect my
> fellow citizens... And that means I cannot be the
> voice of abuse. Respect
> needs to be our guide.
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