- 21 May 2020 22:08
Where i'd be willing to stop racist speech is, for example, in a busy intersection on the sidewalk somebody kept loudly yelling out racist speech for a long tiem. I could see the police coming and saying it was disturbing the peace, public nuisance or something like that. Not much different than if somebody was yelling anything on a busy public sidewalk, especially inflammatory remarks like calling people ugly or fat, and causing an uproar. Similarly, it can be illegal to post a large pornographic sign on your property for everyone to see. Children don't want to see that, and shouldn't don't need to be exposed to the N-word either, so that kind of "adult" and "obscene" speech could be restricted.
In those situations you're forcing people to witness your speech, including children. It's a different thing if it's more private, like publishing a book or film or article or website. Where people can very easily ignore something like that I don't see how racist speech should be banned/censored by government. Not because I'm pro-racism, but because I'm anti the government controlling what to we can say and believe.
“Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”
― Richard Nixon, during his farewell speech, 1974.