Check this out and let me know what you think:
Of course, this is hateful speech. Maybe it should be considered hate speech. I don’t agree with the sentiment at all. Should it be against the law, though? Should the 1st Amendment protect this? Should the fact that it’s on a billboard make a difference? I’m not a constitutional attorney and don’t know the actual answer but I do have an opinion on it. Isn’t that the great thing about the 1st Amendment, that you’re free to say just about anything? Beyond yelling “fire” in a theater or something similar, there are very few limits on speech. That has to include speech we are uncomfortable with, doesn’t it? Maybe it being on a billboard makes a difference, legally? I think this is a very interesting topic.
I’ve always loved this album from The Nevilles. This song features a great vocal from Buffy St. Marie and a lyric that has always stuck with me. “It’s freedom of speech, as long as you don’t say too much”.