With the rise of incidents of bigotry on U.S. campuses
after the November elections, a question has
come up. How can we differentiate between free
and hate speech and what can we do about the latter?
The answer is complex, but there is a solution
to the problem.
At the federal level – and contrary to popular
belief – free speech is not absolute. The Supreme
Court has ruled many times setting limits on
speech, from child pornography cases, to deceptive
advertisement to specific threats of violence. The
fine line comes when dealing with espousing ideologies,
like the ones held by hate groups such as
the Ku Klux Klan.