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Talon Marks

How much hate speech is too much?

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We see hate speech everywhere we go: social media, speeches in television or radio, in literature and even the graffiti located on the bathroom stall.

Most of the time, hate speech is usually from people who can only bitch about “Person A” because it’s the only way to make them feel good about themselves being stuck in a rut.

Sometimes it’s from those who grew up in a society where gender, ethnic and racial equality was non-existent; so, as a result, they can only relate to the old ways of society.

Then there are those, who unfortunately, that have so much hate in their hearts that they have to do something drastic in order to eradicate the problem.

No matter how evil or tyrannical the words or thoughts might be, it is still considered legal under the United States constitution. That is screwed up.

If this is the case, we the people should might as well throw bags of shit at each other if there is one characteristic we find displeasing.

People who spread the hate often try to defend themselves by saying it is their opinion and people need to “put on their big boy pants” and stop whining about every single detail in their opinion.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m open to the idea of having people express their viewpoints instead of suppressing them in the darkest corners of their minds; but there is a better way of expressing our frustrations than just flat out hate.

Hate speeches get us nowhere in life. Sure it might bring someone slight happiness of being superior than someone else, but it won’t get you to where you want to be in life.

In some cases, hate speech can bring negative effects into society. Charlottesville was a prime example of this. The pure hate groups such as the Neo-Nazis brought havoc and violence into the Virginia town; it even lead to the deaths of two state troopers and one woman who was counter-protesting the groups.

Hate speeches also establishes horrible stereotypes that many of us consider as the norm such as Mexicans and blacks being seen as gang-bangers.

We need to be careful with our words because speeches like these will create a call to action that will bring more violence and continue the oppression into our society.

We will continue to attack, hurt and even kill each other just so one of us can come on top. We are not animals or savages, we are humans who long for the feeling of being great.

We, as a society, need to stop arming ourselves with words of hate; otherwise humanity will collapse as a whole.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.
How much hate speech is too much?