US: What we risk when we ban racist speech

America used to be a place where we said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” We live by a credo that “freedom isn’t free,” and that our Constitution is worth dying for. How inspirational it is to believe that this is the wind of thought that blows underneath the Eagle’s wings.

Unfortunately, whenever that wind becomes just a little too gusty for comfort, we find out just how little relationship our poetic credo has to our collective guts.

The latest example: Nine seconds of video of a number of boys singing an offensive song. Immediately, the University of Oklahoma expelled two of the boys for their speech. Forget whether you like the speech or not. That is not relevant. These boys got kicked out of a public school for singing a song, on their own time, in a privately rented bus, simply because the government didn’t like the content of their song.

Censors overstepping their bounds is no surprise. What surprises me is how readily the public supported the expulsions, and how many supposedly intelligent people were willing to turn the First Amendment on its head, because of nine seconds of video.

I don’t like the song or its message either. I can’t imagine anyone reasonable who would. But I want to live in a country where the government does not listen to my songs and then decide whether or not I should be punished, based on what words I used. That is not freedom…


Will the USA remain the exception in matters of free speech? Increasing, our delightfully “vibrant” and ”diverse” new citizens are requiring ever more draconian efforts by Western governments to maintain some semblance of order.

Only the USA has free speech as part of its constitution. In the UK, which has become increasing censorious, those boys would already have been in court and charged.

The situation in Canada is murky: how far will the government go?

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  • kkruger71

    Really starting to look like with Section 13 we won the battle but lost the war.

    • Justin St.Denis

      This didn’t happen in Canada.

      • kkruger71

        I don’t think there is any campus in Canada where students would have the balls (or be dumb enough) to sing something like that on film, but if they did, you could be sure the results would be just as strong in the end.
        Unfortunately most of the country’s bureaucracy is taken from recent university grads, so these will be the people making/enforcing the rules in years to come.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    One little two little three little Indians.
    Four little five little six little Indians.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This goes on a lot. Attempts to squelch speech ranged from the “Monkey Trial” to Lenny Bruce.

  • Petey

    “… how far will the government go?”

    As far as it can and then a step further still. The social justice types are after one thing only : power. And they will destroy anyone where it helps them achieve their goal. They are traitors in the truest sense.

  • Waffle

    “The situation in Canada is murky: how far will the government go?”

    Here, feminism is the mine-field. Think the recent Dalhousie U,/dentistry/Facebook page. And don’t forget the turfing of 2 Liberal MPs (without due process of any kind — no charges, no trial — just allegations by 2 female parliamentarians who won’t reveal their names or their faces!!)

  • JoKeR

    I have had it with all those fu&*[<@ *2^#?~| +@$ $!+{ @#^()@#$*(# ?<:"$(#. ^@ `+2=% *@~+.

  • Justin St.Denis

    This really is getting ridiculous, isn’t it? But when children are both the new enforcers and the new young offenders, it’s bound to get even more interesting. I think we’ll be seeing a dry run of the big upcoming bout of Cowboys & Muslims play out on university campuses. It’s handy that we’ll be able to see so much of the campus drills/dry runs online. 😉

  • pdxnag

    I’m all for equal treatment. There are many, many anti-white bigots in college clubs and in “free stuff” diversity lobbies hounding all levels of government. Some bigots are more equal than others.

  • Freedom

    The US used to stand for liberty and Justice for all. And the fact that I can insult a drug dealer who later gets picked up by the Italian Mafia and I can lose my freedom for 10 years tells me that the country needs some major repairs. And the guys you would expect to stand up and do the right thing are just watching things decline at this point in time.

  • Everyone Else

    THE MOB

    Donald Sterling made racist comments in his own home, and the NBA took away his basketball team and said he couldn’t even go into a stadium.

    That wasn’t done by academia or government, but the liberal mob.