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Freedom of Speech My Version and Theirs The First Amendment has led Americans to believe in a hallowed sense of freedom that does not exist freedom of speech Freedom of speech in this country has never been absolute You cant yell fire in a crowded theater solicit bribes make terrorist threats slander another intentionally inflict emotional distress or be obscene in public Dickerson What Americans do have a right to is their opinion and the means by which to express it no matter if the opinion is favorable or not There are some advocates who champion for restrictions on unfavorable speech like violent or racist remarks And though the intentions behind such beliefs are made in good faith it is unrealistic to believe the mission of filtering out racist speech could be completed without catching in the same net all kinds of other speech that is considered OK Lawrence III 514 I firmly believe that a government that tells its citizens what is appropriate to say will soon be dictating what they may think also and by that it is unlawful for the government to regulate racist or violent speech By doing so the government would intrude on students creativity and learning process would set illusive restraints on racist behavior and undermine the Constitution at whole To begin government censorship and the student learning process are an incompatible combination In any efforts the government might make to protect students from bad ideas the students are deprived of the right to make up their own minds and form opinions They are also deprived of creative freedom if their work is reflected by the fear of being censored or punished for their writing How will students learn to identify and cope with bad ideas or negative arguments if they are not exposed to them or allowed to expose their opinion on them Hentoff 517 A case in Blaine Wash validates such a point 16-year-old James
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