This Westchester attorney wonders if silencing the messenger really eradicates the hate mongering disseminated by certain groups or does it merely add gas to the fire?
Apparently there was a racist, Aryan-nation-like group on Facebook recently, calling itself Isle of Man KKK (how original). The name was based on their location and their racist beliefs similar to the Ku Klux Klan, that their incestuous little world should remain white and free of foreigners. Some 95 members joined up – gotta give the group credit – that’s more than Lady Litigator has on her Facebook page right now.
Anyway, Facebook was alerted and shut them down. My question to Facebook is why?
I was raised by a very liberal mother and an ultraconservative father (who eventually mellowed with age), so I guess you would say that I am somewhere in the middle. Yet, as a journalist first and an attorney second, I am a zealot for freedom of speech, a cornerstone of the American way of life.
Shall we silence the message simply because we disagree with it or shall we allow it to resonate in the open so that we may engage in an intelligent discourse and debate? I prefer discourse and debate. Maybe, just maybe, we would then be able to convince at least one of those 95 individuals that their racist beliefs are wrong for them………and wrong for the world.