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In his article On Racist Speech Charles R Lawrence III tries to convey his point that racist speech need to be regulated especially on college campuses He gives many reasons why but the three most prominent are Brown vs the Board of Education the fighting words exception principle and the idea of racist speech at home The infamous case of Brown vs BOE is not always thought of as a speech case but the message that is sent across is Charles Lawrence argues that we need to stop sending signals and signs that show the inferiority of blacks The case of Brown shows how racist speech can truly damage the hearts and minds of African Americans Racist speech on college campuses makes is very hard to concentrate and learn when you are made to feel inferior and unworthy In his article Lawrence also speaks about a fighting words exception He argues that it is impossible for the government to write a law precise enough to prevent racist speech without prohibiting that speech that is considered acceptable Lawrence speaks of racist speech as being painful to minority groups but at the same time making the blood of our democratic system flow Lawrences last argument and most likely the strongest explains how the government cannot regulate racist speech in public forums due to the fact that individuals have the ability to not listen to or avoid them It is the perogative of the listener to go elsewhere so that they are not offended It is only considered offensive speech when it is in your own home and you cannot escape it On college campuses the entire campus is considered your home The campus is where you eat sleep and conduct personal business therefore Lawrence argues that censorship is needed Some may argue to fight back against racist speech but Lawrence fears that if the government does not step in and regulate that there would be
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