Hate Speech

From my point of view as an American, a Jew, and a conservative, somebody should be allowed under the First Amendment to hurl anti-Semitic slurs at me from the street, on the Internet, or on television. But when those slurs cross the line between mere pejoratives and the incitement to discrimination or violence, a crime has been committed.

The law may be different, but we must always be conscious that restrictions on hate speech walk a very fine line between the civil rights of multiple groups. I prefer – even at the risk of exposing my family to some ugly – that we walk that line with extraordinary care, erring on the side of deference to the freedom of speech.

Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

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