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Hate speech has been around since time began, when feuds began occurring between different groups. Is it something that should be lawfully punished ? Or is it covered as a part of someone's right to free speech?

No, hate speech shouldn't be illegal Show more Show less

People should have the right to say what they want, no matter the consequences.
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Hate speech is like constructive criticism

Constructive criticism is a great way to build character. It strengthens mental endurance and helps a workplace run smoothly. Hate speech has catapulted historical events towards great goals. Therefore, both ideas are similar.

The Argument

Hate speech is often seen as a negative thing that tears people down. It should be received like constructive criticism. Hate speech pushed African Americans to fight for their rights from the 1950‘s to 1960’s.[1] Even the Bible has examples of when hate speech forwarded a constructive agenda. Nehemiah, an Israeli prophet, felt it was wise to protect his people when building the fallen wall in Judah when Sanballat and Tobiah made fun of the Israelites and threatened to fight them while they were unprotected.[2] Without constructive criticism, people wouldn't know how to take care of themselves and be able to handle stressful situations.

Counter arguments

Hate speech has been the cause of violence. African Americans were killed because of it and is the reason why racism and discrimination still exists today. Constructive criticism doesn’t insight violence, anxiety, and depression.

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Premises

[P1] Hate speech is just a form of constructive criticism that makes people better their lives. [P2] Without hate speech, people would be soft and stay complacent.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Hate speech and constructive criticism are different concepts.

References

  1. https://www.studymode.com/essays/African-Americans-Fighting-For-Their-Rights-145662.html
  2. https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/nehemiah-the-man-behind-the-wall/

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