I have watched Christopher Hitchens’ video several times and highly recommend you watch it. Most of what Christopher Hitchens believes I disagree with, but I agree with everything he says here. I am as big an advocate of free speech as Hitchens, for the same reasons. There are always good reasons to shut people up that you disagree with, for example who could tolerate someone using racial or religious slurs? Free speech is it more than you can handle?
In Australia they made it against the law to make disparaging racial comments. In an argument for this law a person of Aboriginal descent spoke in Parliament, she said, “If this law were to remain in place what is it that you could not say to me?” That is a hard question to respond to, even though everyone knows exactly what could not be said to her, so it begs the question, free speech is it more than you can handle?
Staying with Australia, they play a football game called Australian Rules, it has to be the roughest football played anywhere in the world and requires the most endurance of any sport I have ever seen. Watch it once and you will see what I mean. During the game the umpires run as far as a Marathon and much of that backwards. The players have to run as fast as they can, sprinting over and over again the entire game. There is also frequent punching of the opponents. In years passed this game was not regulated as much as it is today, the modern Australian is more civilised. In accordance with this civility and the law a fan cannot use racial insults. One top athlete, a national hero, one of the highest paid players, who also happens to be of Aboriginal decent, was taunted by a teenage girl who called him an ape. Running full tilt on the field he heard that and stopped short to point out the girl and have her arrested by the police. He later said he was “Gutted” when he heard what she had called him, my question to him is; free speech is it more than you can handle?
In Europe professional athletes, that are not white, are harassed by the fans to such an extent that it affects their game. A technique they call the home field advantage. In cricket, like baseball there is the opportunity to say things to the opposite team members, some of what is said is not complementary. In cricket they have a term for this it is called “sledging” and books have been written containing the cleverest of these sledges. Very cool in the past, now players will be fined and suspended if they say the wrong thing. In the documentary about how Arnold Schwarzenegger won the world body building title, he said things that were designed to make his competitor less confident and hoped that would show in his competitor’s performance.
Free speech is it more than you can handle? Or are you willing to let the “politically correct” determine what you should or should not say?