Parker 1Thesis: Our First Amendment grants us the right to freely speak and share ideas, however; this power is often abused and creates divides. My focus on writing is where should we draw the lineand what should society deem as acceptable. I believe that if we have stronger boundaries thenwe can become more united and biases lose their power. Intro:A.Freedom of speech is the lawful power to express and offend using words and actions tocreate change and understanding.B.By using educated and respectable mindsets, we have the power to peacefully petition for change and avoid inflammatory speech that inspires violence and voids any right of freely speaking. Main Sources:I: A.The first article I chose to analyze for this assignment is by Michael Gonchar, who was published by The New York Times.“Why is Freedom of Speech an Important Right? When, if Ever, Can it be Limited?” B.Schenck vs United States- do not alarm people if there is no reasonC.Brandenburg vs Ohio- right to use racial slurs. II:A.The Contentious American Debate: The First Amendment and Internet-based Hate Speech article, written by Paul J Becker, Bryan Byers and Arthur Jipson; B.hate speech can be defined as “speech that inflicts emotional damage and contains inflammatory comments meant to arouse other individuals to cause severe social dislocation and damage.C.Such utterances, in their context, are considered devoid of intellectual, philosophical, or scientific merit.”III:A.Martin Luther King Jr’s “Double Victory”
Parker 2B.Dignity of a human soul. He calls it the “fundamental dignity of his soul”.C.The hate speech King talks about is concerning racism, yet the morals discussed have the same energy of oppressing anyone that wishes for change.IV:A.Martin Luther king Jr. King’s Late view of dignity 1962-1968: Seven Motivic Concepts written by Garth Baker-Fletcher readsB.“King felt that there were two elements to human rights: "recognition" and "opportunity." He felt that if these were "being granted equally to all, there could be no people without dignity.C.“Dignity, so defined, rests on the recognition of one's achievements, and worth as a person.” King believed that in 1964 such recognition was expanding.V:A.Free Speech & Human Dignity, written by Steven J Heyman and published by Yale University Pressin 2008B.Page 175 reads “hate speech disrespects the autonomy of others and refuses to deliberate with them...undermines rather than promote [genuine] common will.” C.How to identify hate speech and if there are any distinctions they share to make it easy to identify.VI:A.Freedom of Speech WarrantB.First LimitationC.Second Limitation VII:A.Albert Camus The Human Crisis B.Silence is death if you remain silent you die if you speak you die so speak and die C.No cause is worth the murder of innocence
Parker 3ConclusionRestated Thesis:By using respectable methods and having a purpose to bring common good speech forward, we will be much more likely to have our voices heard and taken seriously. We can be united in our freedom. We can help each other understand the many perspectives we all have.