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Freedom of Speech and its interpretations

Cleveland State's policing of social media suppresses free speech

Cleveland State's policing of social media suppresses free speech

In this editorial, written by guest columnist, it presents a topic about whether a Cleveland State University has the right to silence students who made racist comments, and political comments that were very critical of Israel. The author of this article agrees that the university has no right to silence them despite the various students saying controversial, hateful comments on social media. This doesn't mean the author is racist or hateful, it just means they acknowledge the fact rights exist and if someone tries to revoke them it won't end well, and it can be inferred from the article that this person respects the First Amendment. Due to other articles written by this person, it can be concluded that they have a liberal stand. Moreover, we can infer that the people who made Anti-Semitic comments is just a racist. It wasn't just one tweet, many hateful tweets have been made in the past years. I also doubt that when the tweets were made with an intention to criticize the government or to use freedom of speech in a correct manner. The tweets seem like they were made haphazardly, and were made to intentionally be hateful. There wasn't any justification as to why the comments were made and this is just another reason why the left tries to silence hate speech.

cleveland.com
Free speech or harassment? Controversial professor tests the limits

Free speech or harassment? Controversial professor tests the limits

In this article written by Mary Emily O'Hara, O'Hara talks about the way Mike Adams, abuses his freedom of speech to make sexist, racist, and other hateful comments towards minorities. Mary doesn't take any actual stance in the article, she only reports how Adams has been sending hateful tweets and has not gotten fired from his job. Mike Adams is tenured, so it is extremely hard to get him fired. Adams lives in North Carolina, a predominately conservative state which also passed a controversial law regarding transgender people being allowed to use public restrooms, so it's not surprising he is openly against the LGBTQ community and often makes misogynistic comments. Mike's right wing comments have caused controversy and many want him to be fired, but Mike has responded saying, "The Constitution protects your speech just as it has protected bigoted, unintelligent, and immature speech for many years.” This proves that he clearly knows what he is saying is hateful, but it is his right to say whatever he wants. Hate speech like this is the reason the left often tries to keep conservatives quiet; hate speech often leads to violence and chaos which is dangerous for everyone.
Again, Adams likely acts like this since he is conservative and plus he is tenured. If he wasn't tenured he likely would not have shared such hateful comments about students. Although, Mary Emily O'Hare doesn't take a stance in this article, she is actually the LGBTQ reporter at the Daily Dot and often advocates for LGBTQ and human rights, so it can be concluded that doesn't appreciate Adams comments and believes that action should be taken against Adams for being hateful and abusing his power.

nbcnews.com
The Left's Hypocrisy On Free Speech

The Left's Hypocrisy On Free Speech

In this political cartoon by Ben Garrison, we can see that he is against the tactics used by the left. The left is portrayed as violent, hypocrites who often incite violence and try to impede conservatives from speaking. Ben Garrison himself can be considered a libertarian and often sides with the conservative side. In addition to that, the article written about this political cartoon also shares similar views to Garrison. Both Garrison and the author of the article agree that the leftists are being hypocritical by not allowing conservatives to express their freedom of speech, and believe that it’s best for both sides to just let conservatives speak their mind. The left is trying to stop violence sparked by conservative speeches, but are using violent tactics to stop them or in response to the conservatives. The author of the article goes even further and calls the left “intolerable” and claims that their war on speech is ruining today's society. Lastly, the author takes a subtle shot at the left and liberals by stating, “You know that the left has gone too far in their anti-free speech attitudes when Bill Maher… [is] suddenly the voice of reason for liberals.” Maher, a liberal comedian, also agreed that the left wasn’t handling the situation well. Obviously, the article doesn’t mention anything about conservatives being openly racist and racist riots that have began due to conservative speeches.
There isn't information about the author's background however, the article is more than enough information to understand that his views side with conservative views. He is likely part of the higher class and does not agree that conservatives often have racist or bigoted views. As for Ben Garrison, he is a libertarian and lives in Montana (generally a republican state), and often portrays Trump in a lighter sense. This explains why he sides with the conservatives on this subject. However, he has stated he accepting of all the sides of the political spectrum and believes the left should do the same instead of being violent.

thepoliticalinsider.com
When does free speech become hate speech?

When does free speech become hate speech?

This political cartoon doesn’t clearly state the side it takes, but it’s undoubtedly against conservatives and the way they abuse free speech. The cartoon illustrates a protester against abortion, a KKK member, a nazi, and a middle eastern man in line to complain about freedom of speech. We can infer that the creator of the cartoon has witnessed and disapproves of the way free speech is used as an excuse to spread hate. Often, hate spreads and it’s because of people abusing freedom of speech and claiming that it’s their right to say whatever they want, even if it’s hateful. The person who drew this doesn’t believe that those type of people should be silenced and that their freedom of speech should be revoked, but they do believe that they shouldn’t complain about not being able to express their ideas since they are hateful, and they could incite violence. The person who made this cartoon is likely liberal and does not want these types of hateful people to spew hate and cause chaos. Hate crimes have been rising and this cartoon was made during 2010 where many of the crimes were racially or religiously biased. Back in 2010, there weren’t many cases of trying to silence them forcefully, but now in 2016 and 2017 there various cases of violence being used as a tactic to silence conservatives and hate speech. This creator of the cartoon is clearly against hate and violence and does a good job by depicting a problem and making it clear that there are various groups that are part of the problem, rather than just blaming one group in specific. There isn't any information about who made this cartoon, so it's hard to know where this person stands now in recent times and controversies dealing with free speech.

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Arrests at violent Berkeley Trump protests while tax marches stay calm

Arrests at violent Berkeley Trump protests while tax marches stay calm

This article was written about a month ago, and it talks about the protests taking place at Berkeley that have gotten out of hand. This year there's been many antifa protests in Berkeley and many have become chaotic resulting in many people getting hurt. The protesters claim that the reason for the protest was to scare off any Nazis. However, it only resulted in many seeing the left as dangerous, chaotic hypocrites. The author of the article doesn't take a stance regarding how freedom of speech should be interpreted; however, they do show slight signs of being against trump since they mention him and his tax records. They also seem to be biased against how the left acted. We can still make reasonable conclusions of the people who participated in the protests. In the protest, there were antifa members and trump supporters both of which were being chaotic and being violent. The antifa members are leftists who want more power for the people and don't want a government who abuses their power and spreads hate. Trump supporters, obviously conservative, were showing their support for Trump, and antifa tried to avoid an altercation- by creating one. Obviously antithetical, the left has ruined their image by causing a riot and causing people to get hurt. Although both groups are obvious advocates of the first amendment, they both contradict themselves because of their actions. The left is trying to silence a group of people who have a right to speak out, but on the other hand the right is also pushing the limits and being controversial with their words. It's no surprise the left has been taking action such as this; recently racial tension has risen due to Trump and his campaign. It's a tough time for many, and it's no surprise that many feeling on edge and ready to explode. The author does a good job of explaining the ideas of both groups and why they have acted the way they have recently.

theguardian.com