Hate Speech: “Difficult to define precisely”?

In contrast to the comments in the previous post:

” …Hate speech is difficult to define precisely.” It is largely defined by the person individual hearing it: what some or many might find hateful or offensive, others may not….” UCI Chancellor Michael Drake ” Message on hate speech” May 26.2006.

“..One persons hate speech is another persons education” — UCI Vice Chancellor Manuel Gomez October 18, 2006.

“We have 1,000 guest speakers on campus every year. Could I evaluate them and say this one is anti-Semitic? I could not. What I could say is that as a person and a campus, we abhor hate speech, period.” — UCI Chancellor Michael Drake May 30, 2007.

“…I do agree there were certainly instances of boorish and intimidating behavior.  Some of this behavior involved people not associated with the University.  Neither the University nor the Police Department has the means or ability to control such rude or obnoxious behavior…” UC Irvine Police Chief Paul Henisey—January 20, 2009

“…UC Irvine did experience instances of racist, hateful and anti-Semitic speech on our campus last month.   The Chancellor has stated on many occasions that he personally finds this type of speech abhorrent, offensive and counterproductive…” Ramona H. Agrela, UCI Associate Chancellor–June 12, 2009


One Response

  1. Two analogies I would offer are defining racism and an alcohoilc. For many persons, it is a matter of opinion and how you define the two. For others, it is very clear. When somebody like Muhammad al-Asi calls Jews, “Low-life ghetto-dwellers’, that is a clear as a falling down drunk or a man wearing a black uniform with swastika armband.

    Here is what I would have stated,

    “Yesterday, the MSU sponsored a speaker on our campus who exercized his free speech rights and called Jews, “low-life ghetto-dwellers”. That statement was clearly anti-Semitic, racist and has no place in civilized discourse. I condemn it unequivocally and if the MSU wants to continue using university funds to bring in such speakers, the university will cut off said funds as well as recognition of the msu as a campus group.”

    Something like that.

    gary fouse

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