Everyone claims there should be free speech for everyone -and everyone definitely wants it for themselves, but the truth is...most Americans abhor it regardless of the lip service they pay the ideal. Free Speech means FREE speech. It means not only being able to say anything you want, but also listening to MANY things that make you sick. I know that seems like I'm stating the obvious, but I think it needs to be said.
You can't consider yourself brave for speaking out against the war and the Administration and then spit on those that support it. You can't scream that you have a right to assemble and rip the signs of the other side. You can't push for talk of God in schools while you lobby to get Howard Stern off the air. It just doesn't work that way.
I hate that the PC culture has made it so everyone is so limited in what they can say... Writing about what you think and feel is now paramount to making threats.
An Asian American writer is under fire in San Francisco for his column in the weekly paper "The Voice of Asian America". His article entitled "Why I Hate Blacks" has been pulled from the website and apologies from the paper have been made. The author also wrote pieces called "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us" and "Why I Hate Asians".
Some the 'reasons' given why Asians should hate Blacks:
-- "Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us."
-- "Contrary to media depictions, I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years."
-- "Blacks are easy to coerce. This is proven by the fact that so many of them, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, tend to be Christians." (source)
Rather than dismiss the sentiments and pull articles Kremlin-style --someone in SF had a rational thought:
"David Lee of the Chinese American Voters Education Committee said Eng's statement echoes the feelings of some Asian Americans. He said that rather than condemning the paper, black and Asian people should participate in a town hall-style meeting to address tension he said exists between the two communities.
"There is a segment that feels the way Eng does, but the sentiment is underground and not brought to the surface," Lee said. "If you don't have a discussion, then I think it allows these types of views to fester and turn into something much more negative. Rather than refute and bury this, we should be calling for a community dialogue to address this." (source)
You either have Free Speech or you don't...but all this Free Speech until you say something that offends me stuff is just tiring. As for me...you could write an article outlining the 100 reasons to hate ALa --and I'll blog for your right to say it...
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