Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FREEDOM OF (EVEN REVOLTING) SPEECH


A school administrator called the First Lady, Michelle Obama, a gorilla on Facebook and criticized her appearance and lifestyle, in ignorant, racist terms.

Is it insulting? Absolutely.  Is it racist? Yes.  Do I support what she said, absolutely not.

However – to end someone's livelihood because they insulted the president or his wife – both public figures – is unconstitutional. 

Like it or not, there is free speech in America.  Facebook is a social page.  People have a right to their opinions – ignorant or not. 

I've called Donald Trump (and most politicians) many choice names and questioned his human parentage more than once, and so have many others.  That's my right.  And I exercise that right almost daily because he makes one racist, misogynistic, ignorant comment after another. That's his right, disgusting as he is. 

No one should lose their jobs over what they say on Facebook.  Michelle Obama is an intelligent woman, perfectly capable of defending herself – she can reply to, comment on, or ignore such insults.  What she – or the school district – should not be able to do is silence citizens – even ignorant, disrespectful ones. 

Do I support racist comments?  Nope.  I don't like this at all.  But if we start shutting people up, who gets to choose what is profound and what is profane?  Suppose I make a comment about Hitler being evil – should neo-Nazis be allowed to silence me because they are offended?  Taking away even one person's freedom of speech is a slippery slope at best. 

Silencing people and threatening their livelihoods is the start of tyranny. 

That's not supposed to happen in America. 



Reference: 

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR FIRED FOR CALLING MICHELLE OBAMA A GORILLA


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