These excellant points are made at the end of the following articale:
Punishing hate, helping victims is but half the battle
Thursday, September 22, 2005 8:55 PM MDT
If a person expresses strong opposition to what he or she might term "illegal immigration," is that "hate speech?"
If a person expresses strong disdain for affirmative action, is that "racist" speech?
If a person, in a moment of anger, utters something another person deems racially insensitive, is that an act of racism in the same as, say, a racist flyer being anonymously placed in a hallway? Is it "hate speech?" Is it a crime? Should the police investigate?
Such questions are not farfetched, but basic. We have heard from members of the CU and Boulder communities over the last decade who have claimed in our pages that any arguments against affirmative action are racist on their face; that people of color cannot "by definition" be racist themselves and that expressed moral/religious objections to homosexuality constitute hate speech.
Even if we all agree on what hate speech is, ugly ideas and people aren't going to go away or be silenced because hate speech/hate crime ordinances are on the books. The prospect of tying up city time, money and resources to investigate every racist remark, slur or racially charged incident makes the city merely speech/thought police, not a true guarantor of diversity.
But in a larger sense, focusing on the subjective, elusive goal of making sure everyone in Boulder "feels safe" from hate speech seems pale when measured against what could be achieved by creating, strengthening and ensuring actual diversity in town and, in the process, launching an unstoppable force of true empowerment for citizens of all colors.
THESE FEEL GOOD DOGOODERS ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY THAT THEY FAIL TO SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO IMPOSE IS PURE AND SIMPLE CENSORSHIP. AN ENDRUN ON THE 1ST ADMENDMENT. THE QUESTION POSED IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THEIR POLITICAL VIEW WILL YOU THEN BE JUDGED AS SPEWING FORTH HATE SPEACH HAS TO BE CALLED TO THE TABLE. RUNNING TO THE BOTTOM LINE THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ENLIGHTEND INTELLECTUAL THINKERS OF FACISM IN BOUOLDER WANT. ONE SOCIETY THAT THINKS, ACTS, AND TALKS AS THEY ARE TOLD TO BY LIBERAL WACKO'S IN BOULDER. IF THIS ACTUALLY GETS PASSED THE OLD SAYING OF STICKS AND STONES WILL BREAK MY BONES BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME HAS TO BE REWRITEN TO STICKS AND STONES ARE ILLEGAL AND NAMES WILL HURT ME.
ANY SPEACH NOT OBIEDIANT TO THE LIBERALS IS GOING TO PUT ME IN JAIL!
BOULDER NEEDS TO COME BACK INTO THE REAL WORLD. THE UTOPIAN CONCEPT OF ONE WORLD ONE NATION, WHITES ARE BAD AND EVERYONE ELSE IS OPPRESSED HAS TO BE CLEANSED FROM THE THINKING NATURE OF THESE MORONS. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT ETHNITICITY THEY ARE OR RELIGION. GOOD, BAD EXISITS IN ALL RACES. IT IS THE BAD WE NEED TO FOCUS ON. IT IS TIME TO STOP MAKING UP BOGUS FEEL GOOD LAWS AND ENFORCE THOSE ON THE BOOKS. HATE CRIME LEGISLATION IS ABSURD. A CRIME IS A CRIME. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF A WHITE KILLS A BLACK OR A BLACK KILLS A WHITE IT IS MURDER PERIOD! AND MURDERERS NEED TO BE PUNISHED. TO TELL ME IT IS A HATE CRIME IF ONE RACE KILLS ANOTHER OVER A RACE KILLING A RACE IS STUPIDITY PERSONIFIED IN SELF RIGHTOUSE B.S. AGAIN I SAY CRIME IS CRIME PUNISH THOSE WHO ARE GUILTY NOT REHAB THEM TILL THEY FOOL US INTO RELEASING THEM TO COMMITE THE SAME CRIME AGAIN.