Hate speech and the First Amendment
A cornerstone of democracy is the First Amendment's protection of free speech. The founding fathers saw this as contributing to democratic government. Ironically, contemporary free speech protects groups such as Nazis, White and Black supremacists, pornographers, gangster rappers, TV violence, and gratuitous film profiteers; in short, these are agents of disorder, and have practically nothing of discourse value. This article argues that the harm of assaultive speech must be taken into account to define specific boundaries for what has been characterized as hate speech. © 1999 Sage Publication, Inc.
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
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Israel, Michael, "Hate speech and the First Amendment" (1999). Kean Publications. 2782.