Why Hate Speech Cannot Exist in America
And Why I Fight for It
As a teenager in a public school in California, I am constantly surrounded by leftist opinions. With my conservative views, I can find it quite frustrating when people are spouting their opinions with no facts to back them up.
Most of the people I know will talk about hate speech and how it is so terrible and how we have to keep people from using certain words. While I don't condone spreading hate, I think it's unethical to restrict freedom of speech. The first amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." I do not believe that we should change the constitution, because it was written with the citizens' best interest in mind.
Luckily for me, my generation is swinging more to the right, and we are looking at the big picture, and hopefully we are close enough in age to counteract what millennials have in mind for our nation. Unfortunately, Canada doesn't have the same laws in America protecting freedom of speech and expression. You could be fined or required to serve a sentence in prison for publicly misgendering a transgender person, even if it was an accident. That would never happen in America because we are protected by laws that were created so people could do what I am doing now and sharing their opinion.
The majority of the time when I share this opinion, the conversation usually turns around and bites me in the butt. Most people will say, in oh so many words, "Oh you must support hate speech, so you must hate people. You must be racist and sexist, you disgust me." When in fact it is the opposite. I respect other people and their opinions so much that I want to hear them and their whole truth
The majority of the population the media presents are the erratic liberals that would look at the title of this article and go off on some crazy rant on the internet. But there is a reason why some titles are written a certain way, and that is to get people's attention.
Of course, I don't use racial or religious slurs or promote using them, but that is a personal choice because I believe everyone deserves respect. I don't think that it is right to use those words, but I do think it should be permitted. I think freedom of expression and speech are two of the most important rights a person can have. Otherwise, I might not be able to share my opinion, you might not be able to share your opinion, and even the women's marches or pro-life marches might not be able to go on.
Thank you for reading. Lots of love,