Do It, But Without Hate

Part of the divide we have in this country, is a stark difference of opinion in what is acceptable discourse. On both extremes, there is a believe that if your speech offends me, then it does not have a place in the discourse. This perspective, I believe, promotes a lack of understanding and demonization of our counterparts in opposition.

I say if you’re wondering if you should say it, Do It. As long as you’re not doing it with hate or to promote hate. This advice goes to my friends on the left and the right.

You don’t agree with immigration, great, it’s America, feel free to tell me that. However, don’t feel free to dehumanize immigrants and myself when I disagree with you. You think those that oppose immigration are wrong and close-minded, great, it’s America, feel free to tell me that. However, don’t feel free to belittle or dehumanize those with whom you disagree.

Also, if someone doesn’t want to discuss these things with you, don’t force the conversation on them. Free speech does not equal the right to force a conversation. Free-speech does equal the right to publicly express your thoughts on any topic without government interference. However, free-speech cannot be used to incite violence or purpose he used to share knowingly false information.

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