Freedom of Speech Debate Reflection - Aubrey Cole POLS 330.05 Freedom of Speech Debate Reflection In this debate the question posed was “does material

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Aubrey Cole POLS 330.05 11/26/2019 Freedom of Speech Debate Reflection In this debate the question posed was: “does material that offend someone actually count as hate speech?" The debate focused on the right of freedom of speech. THe two sides were debating where the right to one's freedom of speech begins and where laws can be drawn in order to prevent hate speech. This is what led to the questioning of what hate speech actually is. The side for the restriction of free speech argued that offensive speech is hate speech as it can exert power over weaker groups, lead to hostile and unsafe environments, as well as creating a sense of fear within the target of the speech. The side against the argument stated that any material can be deemed offensive, and restricting one portion of the freedom of speech
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Unformatted text preview: can lead to more restrictions being placed, thus causing a slippery slope to occur. A unique point addressed by one of the judges was that restrictions on the freedom of speech could work in many different countries, however not in the United States. He stated that a key aspect of Americn culture is the freedom of speech. If this was restricted many people would speak out against this, and riots and protests would occur. The foundation of the US is based on the Bill of Rights, and the First Amendment allows for the freedom of speech. The debate posed many questions and illustrated that hate speech can take on many different definitions based on who is analyzing it and from what perspective?...
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