Baldwin has received numerous passes from the LGBTQ community where others have not. And many in LGBTQ communities of color contest that the reason might be race-based. The case of Tracy Morgan is a glaring example.
I wrote to Sia on Twitter and expressed my disappointment. I wasn't expecting a reply, but, to my surprise, she responded and thoughtfully listened, and we proceeded to have a lengthy (by Twitter standards) conversation.
What's up with people who oppose hate crime laws? How can you be against laws that protect people from being targeted because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity? Well, here's how.
It's better to appear rude than take safety risks. That goes double with strange men in confined spaces. It's possible POTUS sensed wariness in some women, because of the well-publicized high crime rates in black communities and the spill-over into other communities.
When people -- especially the politically jejune -- see "cool" anarchist groups like Anonymous using language that is the very definition of hate speech, won't the assumption be that it's OK to use it? It's not. And claiming these words aren't offensive is itself offensive.
Usually hate speech is pretty direct. A good example is the Web address for the Westboro Baptist Church. But sometimes hate speech isn't direct at all. It may even be a little bit involved. Consider, for example, how anti-LGBTQ organizations use the word "family."
Robert Spencer's scheduled appearance casts a negative light on what should be a positive event. Is this the type of person with whom the Kolbe Academy and Catholic homeschoolers in California want to be associated?
Even the U.S. Supreme Court sometimes has a hard time agreeing on speech issues. It's a tough job for Facebook, but as proprietors of a service with a global membership nearly four times the population of the U.S, it's a responsibility they have to face.
While it is a marvelous medium for education, communication, entertainment and commerce, the ways in which the Internet is being used to disseminate and promote hateful and violent beliefs and attitudes are astounding, varied and continually multiplying.
The cruel act of terrorism that targeted innocent spectators and marathon runners in Boston on April 15th 2013 has called out the "Elephant in the room." It raises the question of how a democracy such as ours should confront the perpetrators of terrorism, whether foreign, or domestic?
Rush has a global platform that most do not -- he is invited to speak on Fox News as an unpaid commentator. His hate inducing words are completely unacceptable. Fox News should drop Erik Rush from their program, or else they will be endorsing his hateful ideology.
The reaction to Michelle Shocked's hate speech is a gauge of how far attitudes toward the LGBTQ community have come over the last few decades. It was an anti-bigot reaction, not an anti-queer reaction. The reaction was a litmus test of American attitudes toward homophobia.
Among those partaking in Indiegogo's services is the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. They are using the platform to raise money for another batch of anti-Muslim ads.
If Facebook refuses to ban those pages due to freedom of speech concerns which are valid, how can Facebook then ban images of women breastfeeding or breast cancer body paintings or 19th century art for that matter?