PREFACE: You will really need to open the embedded links to take a look-see and read in order to truly get the gist of this Roland Hansen Commentary.
First an excerpt from an article on the internet:
"Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits. Should hate speech be discouraged?"
Now, go read the entire article:
Next up; for a good visual, click onto this link to some really interesting images and take a good hard look. I dare you!
Continuing on, read and explore the web page of Regulation of Fighting Words and Hate Speech - The Issue: Does the First Amendment limit the government's ability to regulate fighting words or hateful speech?
Okay, another excerpt, another source:
"The United States is almost alone among Western liberal democracies in not punishing what is called hate speech"
Read the entire article from which it was taken:
McConnell, Michael W., You Can't Say That, 'The Harm in Hate Speech,' by Jeramy Waldron, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 22, 2012.
One last excerpt from yet one more source:
"... we have overprotected speech that not only causes significant harm to the dignity of minority groups but also, more importantly, diminishes the public good of inclusiveness that is an essential attribute of our society."
And now, read the entire article:
Stevens, John Paul, Should Hate Speech Be Outlawed?, 'The Harm in Hate Speech,' by Jeramy Waldron, The New York Review of Books
I sure hope you took the necessary time to read all that to which I linked. If you did, what do you think of it all as a whole?