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Resolved That colleges and universities have a moral obligation to prohibit the public expression of hate speech on their campuses Alexander Larry BANNING HATE SPEECH AND THE STICKS AND STONES DEFENSE Constitutional Commentary Spring 1996 In addressing this issue I like most of the scholars shall take hate speech to mean epithets conventionally understood to be insulting references to characteristics such as race gender nationality ethnicity religion and sexual preference ibid First it is insulting and insults are psychologically wounding and cause emotional distress Second it creates unequal opportunity in the school and workplace environments Third it silences those who are its targets depriving them of their freedom of speech Fourth it offends by flouting social norms regarding proper verbal behavior And fifth its expression is a speech act that shows disrespect for or even subordinates its targets Look labling something as subjective is not the same as saying it does not exist or is not important There are documented studies I assume where the psychological effects of hate speech are shown That may be subjective in so far as it will not effect everyone in the same way but if you were to go around hitting people it would hurt them each a little differently the strong guys wouldnt be hurt the old ladies might die People are not alawys able to think perfectly rationally - I know hes just an idiot if he calls me some bad name which Im not but I still feel upset and hurt I think an interesting angle to this is how much different is hate crime from ordinary insults If i call someone a stupid ignorant jerk is that really categorically different than calling someone a racial slur I think the intent behind the speech is worth examining For the stupid ignorant jerk i might just have
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