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An anti-racism group says the phenomenon of social networking online is proving a boon for extremists and race-hate groups.
I'm all for freedom of speech but where do we draw the line between freedom of speech and human rights? It's a difficult task and I don't think it will ever happen. You hit the nail on the head when you said, “There is always someone that will counter ANY thought.” It's the ultimate defense.
Dialog and open discussion doesn't kill bigotry. It can't happen because the bottom line is we have to defend their right to be bigots. Social media sites are caught between a rock and a hard place. They try to please everyone but in reality you and I know that can't happen.
Personally I have a problem with anyone that attacks people because of their race, religion, nationality, or how they think politically. I try to let it go in one ear and out the other but occasionally I offer my opinion and try and change the world. After awhile you discover that it is in fact just your own opinion.
When I was a kid I lived in Chicago. I never could understand why the police allowed the Nazi's to demonstrate at our local park every Sunday. The Nazi's would dress up in full uniform and over a loud speaker practice their right to free speech. I was only about ten or eleven years old at the time but remember thinking, “Someone is going to kill those Nazi guys.” No one ever did. One weekend they plastered the park with lawn signs that read, “Six Million Jews. Lets Do It Again.” The following weekend they distributed leaflets that resembled an airline ticket. The leaflets read, “Nigger go home. Here is a free airline ticket to Africa. Dinner will include chicken, black-eyed peas, and watermelon. Boarding is NOW NIGGER!”
This went on for about a year until Jessie Jackson started his Anti-Nazi demonstrations. Jessie recruited about 1000 blacks and for awhile the Nazi's and Jessie's organization would taunt each other until the bricks started to fly. Lots of other hate groups and anti-hate groups became involved and Sundays were pretty entertaining for quite awhile.
I didn't understood why the Nazi's hated everybody but I would listen to them rant. The speaker had a deep loud voice and would slowly say, ”NIGGER GO HOME...WHITE IS RIGHT...WHITE POWER...THE JEW IS OUR ENEMY!”
Remember the movie, “The Blues Brothers?” John Belushi says, “I hate Illinois Nazi's!”, then drives his car directly at the Nazi's. The movie was referring to the Marquette Park Nazi's in Chicago.
I still don't understand why someone can hate a person because of their religion, race, or nationality. Sometimes it makes me angry.
That's how I learned about freedom of speech. As I grew older I watched as soldiers returned from a war without a hero's welcome. I watched peaceful and not so peaceful assembly's demonstrate their freedom of speech.
I don't care to debate with a bigot. I will but after the discussion is over I don't feel that I've accomplished anything. Usually the person was raised to have that point of view.
Do I get involved? There's been times in my life that I have. The caps on my front teeth prove it. I've also been involved in the legal system regarding freedom of speech. The only thing I learned in that arena is trials take a long time and they're very expensive.