The First Amendment to the US Constitution has once again come under fire by racists and bigots. This time they are claiming The First Amendment should be abolished or "limited" (by them ofcourse) because it allows racists to speak. While this is true, the part too many people miss is that it allows racists and bigots to be CRITISCIZED as well. When people are allowed to critiscize racist, bigoted, and other stupid ideas those ideas can never flourish in society for long!
The First Amendment also allows for what is known as the "Freedom of Association" meaning people can organize peacably into political groups. The Abolitionist movement in America got its start thanks exclusively to the protections afforded by The First Amendment! One of the first groups to organize to oppose slavery, a bigoted and government backed institution, was the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery founded and led by Benjamin Franklin and actually petitioned Congress in 1790 to end the slave trade. Many other abolitionist groups were organized.
In the 1820s the Free Press clause of The First Amendment allowed the formation of "The Liberator" a newspaper that openly called for the complete abolition of slavery! It was the response of racists, bigots and tyrants, not to call for free speech but to call for CENSORSHIP!
In the 1830s Southern States begining with Missouri began passing laws attempting to outlaw all speech, press, even Religious sermons that in any way critiscized slavery. All under the guise that it "Incited violence."
This is key because you can be arrested for violence then as now racists, bigots and tyrants are trying to turn speech that critscizes them into "inciting violence" because the only way these hateful people can win an argument is if their opposition is arrested and silenced.
After the Civil War, many racists and bigots in Southern states partitcularly still discriminated against Blacks. It was the First Amendment that allowed critiscism of their behavior that eventually led to the downfall of Jim Crow, and later the reduction in size and influence of racist organizations such as the klan.
Now in modern America racist, bigoted people in government, academia, press, and corporations are telling Americans that The First Amendment needs to be "limited" or "curated" by them, because "racists." Meanwhile many call for racial segregation and promote the idea that an entire group of people is "racist" because of the color of their skin. Do not be fooled!
1. Racists and bigots inferior ideas cannot survive when the Freedoms garanteed by The First Amendment are allowed. This is why they try so desperately to censor!
2. Saying any speech that exposes them as racists, bigots, or fascists are somehow "incitement to violence" is the SAME EXCUSE they used in the antebellum South to try and continue SLAVERY! Do not be fooled!
As Abolitionist Fredrick Douglass once said: