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RE: After criticism from ACLU, School Committee ‘struggling’ to develop hate speech policy

May 24, 2024
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An upgrade of humanity with innovative features is close. The Brookline School Committee has released a draft of a hate speech policy. The ACLU’s assessment? “It would be hard in a single letter to articulate the myriad ways in which the proposed policy is too vague.”

Unminced words. Summarizing the policy, “hate speech” is anything that “expresses prejudice or hate” about any person who is part of some group. So much for defining a word without using it in the definition. Additionally, if you hear something, you’re obligated to report something. Even if the utterance is harmless or offense was not intended. Actual hate is a superfluity. To liberate the pleasure of enforcement from common sense, clarity was drained. The policy is a bloodless, vengeful ghoul.

The goal is a “safe…educational environment.” Will students be safe if friends have a duty to report their blasphemies? Some will. Since “hate speech” comprehends all cosmologies of discourse, prudent students will report fast and first, lest commissars take temporizing for approval. Safe harbor and cuddles for snitches. A little Chekism never hurt anyone.

Hate speech is undefinable. A policy encouraging snitches is rotten. Ditch the project.

 

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