February 19, 2009

A RATHER EXPANSIVE DEFINITION OF “HATE SPEECH,” from UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center. Well, really it’s pretty much the same old definition: “Speech I don’t like.”

From the comments: “One of the most remarkable aspects of the paper’s position in my view is that it describes vigorous disagreement, mockery, and condemnation of government policy and leaders as hate speech. One might ask whether much of the left’s political discourse over the past eight years doesn’t fall within this category, but, regardless, once political criticism of those in power is defined as hate speech, what’s left of the First Amendment?” That seems to be the position of the Oklahoma City police.

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