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Posted 8/5/15
Well when it comes to freedom of speech no but when it comes to public accommodations then yes
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^ I agree
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megahobbit wrote:

Laws can prevent lots of racisms effects but racism itself can only be solved by social change.

Pretty much.
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Laws against thoughts? No.
Thoughts and actions are two different things. There are already laws against racial discrimination and there are laws against hate crimes and the like.
Posted 8/5/15 , edited 8/5/15
We already have laws against racism. They don't work out too well since we still talk about needing laws for racism.
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Free speech should never be infringed regardless of what someone is saying.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
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There is nothing wrong with racist speech, only racist actions. People should be allowed to have whatever opinions they may have. They should be allowed to share those opinions. Opinions don't hurt anybody. People who think they do need to check themselves.

Racism is like pedophilia, it's only a problem if you act on it.
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The U.S. already has laws against discrimination based on race. The only issue is consistently enforcing those laws.
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luckystax wrote:

There is nothing wrong with racist speech, only racist actions. People should be allowed to have whatever opinions they may have. They should be allowed to share those opinions. Opinions don't hurt anybody. People who think they do need to check themselves.

Racism is like pedophilia, it's only a problem if you act on it.




no. no no no no nono no
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Racism is far too vague a term these days. It goes from jokes to discrimination at the tip of the hat, but i'm sure you mean the latter. Either way, laws won't really solve the underlying problem we have as humans. Forget race, gender, religion, and orientation, we as a society still have yet to eliminate lesser issues like hair color, skin color, body size, nationality, and social class discrimination.
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The thing is that speaking IS an action. It's one thing to have an opinion and keep it to yourself, but it's another thing if you speak it out loud. While speaking racist (or sexist or homophobic) things may not cause as much harm as violence, it can still cause harm via creating a negative atmosphere and can indeed incite violence if allowed to escalate. That said, I don't think regulating the actions of regular people is the answer. Instead.... we should start at the top. In other words, we should modify the system so that important people (aka politicians and anybody else into politics) are not allowed to be bigots. All existing politicians should be tested to see if they racist, sexist, homophobic, etc and if they prove to be so then they are automatically kicked out of whatever position they are in and are forbidden from participating in any kind of politics ever again (unless they can prove to overcome their bigotry and become an open-minded person). In fact, we should do this with the police force too! After all, we may not be able to stop all bigotry, but doing this may keep bigots from getting too much power!
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I just watched 1984 yesterday. All I can think of is the thought police dragging you away for the thought crime of thinking of a racist joke and torturing you till 2+2=5 and you see 5 fingers...

"Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once"

On another note, I believe in true freedom of speech, even if other are offended. Your taking offence does not trump my basic human rights. Don't like what I have to say? Ignore it. There are times where offensive statements turn into harassment (typically when they are individualised to one person) and that of course could start opening you up to charges, but voicing an unpopular opinion (no matter how idiotic and bigoted it is) is a basic right all humans have, and should not be hindered in any fashion. Not that someone won't (rightfully) beat your ass for it.
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Laws against a racist mindset, no. Laws against racist actions, yes.
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One word, yes
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Posted 8/5/15
"I have a dream..."
We have heard it. It is not a dream, but a responsibility for everyone that must be maintained through the generations.
Shoot, little kids can point out differences between themselves without contact to raciest people. It's guiding them to understand and appreciate those differences (inside and out) that is key.
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