Hate Speech

When Can Speech Be Punished? A Primer on Unprotected Incitement to Violence

By |2021-01-14T15:38:03-05:00January 14th, 2021|News|

A breakdown of protected versus unprotected speech in the wake of the riot on Capitol Hill. Can free expression advocates support punishment for incitement to violence while still supporting the legal protections for “hate speech” or other offensive speech? And why do we protect offensive speech in the first place?

The Case Against De-Platforming

By |2019-05-03T14:24:38-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Censorship News Articles|

Support for free speech is not a dogma never to be questioned. When white supremacists violently march in Charlottesville under the banner of “free speech” while NFL players are penalized for protesting the murder of unarmed black people, can one still insist that those of us standing up against racism and working towards a more equitable society should engage politely with racist ideologues?

Spiked: Should Even Hate Speech Be Free Speech?

By |2021-01-13T19:29:31-05:00October 8th, 2014|Blog|

To outsiders, 21st century Britain must look like a pretty liberal country. We don’t imprison people for their political opinions. We no longer seek to ban so-called “obscene” novels, as the authorities tried to do with D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” when the unexpurgated version was first published in 1960. We got rid of our blasphemy laws in 2008. The British Board of Film Classification now okays the cinematic release [...]

Wrestling with internet hate speech

By |2020-01-03T14:06:58-05:00June 7th, 2013|Blog|

In the coming weeks we will be featuring posts from our smart and savvy summer interns. This post is by programs intern Eli Siems. Eli is a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in English. He is passionate about literature in all forms, particularly poetry, and his love of letters has led him to join the fight to protect [...]

Artists Speak Out Against Cancellation of Amiri Baraka Talk at Caldwell College

By |2020-01-03T13:48:06-05:00September 13th, 2012|Blog|

The staff at The Visceglia Gallery were very much looking forward to the opening of its GET IT ON THE RECORD exhibit, a collection of works by twenty-one African-American artists investigating the "collective history of Black America." As part of the exhibit, poet Amiri Baraka had been invited to speak. That invitation was rescinded, however, because the College President and others [...]

NCAC Joins Brief in Snyder v. Phelps

By |2019-03-06T13:08:37-05:00August 13th, 2010|Incidents|

In July, 2010, NCAC joins The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, The Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, and The Pennsylvania Center for The First Amendment in a friend of the court brief in the Supreme Court in support of the right to protest.

Universities Struggle to Respond to Student Outrage

By |2020-01-03T13:37:09-05:00February 23rd, 2010|Blog|

Last week, two public universities struggled with how to respond to student outrage. Eleven students were arrested at the University of California at Irvine for disrupting the speech of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.  Meanwhile, the University of Oregon has been exploring ways of expelling Pacifica Forum, a “hate group” (according to the Southern Law Poverty Center) that has upset many [...]

Consequences of the Google China conflict: Hillary Clinton for an open Internet

By |2019-03-14T17:36:41-04:00January 26th, 2010|Blog|

In an impassioned speech at the Newseum in Washington on January 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attacked countries who limit the free circulation of peaceful dissent and religious ideas on the Internet and those who use the Internet for the "darker purposes" of promoting violence and making sexual advances on minors. She also spoke about the increasing concern over [...]

Tasers and Hate Speech Codes; Silencing is Not Speech

By |2020-01-03T13:28:46-05:00June 12th, 2009|Blog|

It started with an invitation and ended with pepper spray and Tasers. This past April, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a student group dedicated to the survival of Western civilization, invited former Colorado state congressman Tom Tancredo to come offer his opinions on tuition assistance for undocumented immigrant students. Tancredo, honorary chair of [...]

College ACB succeeds JuicyCampus, AKA the rose phenomenon

By |2019-03-07T21:55:58-05:00March 10th, 2009|Blog|

"That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" -- William Shakespeare The day JuicyCampus shuttered, the website (juicycampus.com) began redirecting to College ACB (Anonymous Confession Board). With the same promise of anonymity, College ACB now provides us with the same gems JuicyCampus used to. Select any of the colleges in the drop bar, and [...]

EU Presidency “Entropa” Controversy or the Art of Offense

By |2019-03-13T15:03:17-04:00January 15th, 2009|Blog|

An art installation, sponsored by the new Czeck EU Presidency, and displayed in the European Council building in Brussels has become a litmus test for EU sensitivities. The conceptual artist David ?erný was commisssioned to invite 27 artists from EU member states to represent their country as they see it.  The idea was to gather specifically personal, non-government approved and possibly [...]

NC State Update

By |2019-03-07T22:31:39-05:00December 15th, 2008|Blog|

An incident at North Carolina State University in early November involving hateful words directed at President-elect Obama has sparked debate on campus about the extent to which Hate Speech is Free Speech. The debate has apparently spread to the UNC  campus as well. ABC News, Chapel Hill reports: After the controversy over racist comments spray-painted in the Free Expression Tunnel [...]

Hate Speech is Free Speech

By |2020-01-02T15:33:24-05:00December 8th, 2008|Blog|

And yet not without consequences. After the November 4th election of Barack Obama, 4 North Carolina State students hit the “Free Expression Tunnel” to spray paint messages that have now sparked a fierce debate on campus about how to respond to hate speech. The messages, including one that read “let’s shoot that Nigger in the head”, have prompted strong response [...]

The Bumper Sticker Wars

By |2020-01-02T15:33:16-05:00November 26th, 2008|Blog|

Walla Walla, WA. A high school student is suspended for a bumper sticker on her car. Its contents: “I fucked your boyfriend” Camp Lejeune, NC. Civilian employee and Marine Corps veteran, Jesse Nieto, is ordered to remove stickers from his vehicle of a slightly more political charged nature: (AP) The messages displayed at least a half-dozen anti-Muslim decals including “ISLAM [...]

Racism, Obama and free expression

By |2020-01-02T15:32:48-05:00November 12th, 2008|Blog|

The victory of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election has shown us signs of improving race relations in this country. Sadly this isn't the case some areas of the south where the election of the United States first black president have increased already high racial tensions. In North Carolina State University, four students spray-painted threatening and racist graffiti aimed at the [...]

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