If We Silence Hate Speech, Will We Silence Resistance?


I recently wrote this op-ed for the New York Times to explore the unintended consequences of silencing “hate” speech.

Over the last couple of years–especially since the election of Donald Trump–more and more self-described progressives are calling for limits to speech they find offensive.  My argument here is that although those limits might be intended for white supremacists, they are more likely to be used to silence radical expression, particularly among people of color.  History offers countless examples…

In any case, in the interest of encouraging all perspectives on this issue, even perspectives I disagree with, here is a response to my piece from the Anti-Defamation League.

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