What constitutes hate speech?

2017-06-27 06:01

I WOULD like to know the definition of hate speech.

Some is obvious of course, but to me there are definite grey areas that need explanation.

For example: Helen Zille’s tweet about not everything about colonialism being bad.

Well, if one looks at history, this is obviously true. Colonialism did bring hospitals, roads, etc.

It also depends on which country one is speaking about.

But to make a sweeping statement that what she said is hate speech is utterly ludicrous.

The legal fraternity must decide immediately on what hate speech actually means and in what context.

I am also intrigued about the Black Lawyers’ Association and Black Editors’ Forum, and so on.

What would happen if there were white forums?

South Africa must decide on a legal definition and explanation for all these extremely confusing “laws”.

It seems that what’s good for the gander is definitely not good for the goose.

Personally, I couldn’t care less if someone called me names because I’m white.

I don’t have such a high opinion of myself that it matters.

I often think it’s all an incredibly good excuse to get violent and “activate”, that is, burn things down, destroy buildings, cars and whatever else is in the way.

It is always destruction, with no building up. Not very helpful I would have thought.

A.C.Q. VALENTINE

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