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And that is a good thing. Whether you like it or not, in the US, people have a right to be racist, to be sexist, to hate Jewish people or be any other kind of asshole that they want to be. It's our right as Americans and to my knowledge, it is unique in the world. Other countries, like Canada, say they free speech, but it's always with an asterisk. And that is one of the greatest things about the US. Because who decides what is hate speech? Do leftists want the Trump DOJ bringing cases arguing that claims of treason amount to hate speech? Think stuff like that can't happen? Look at New Zealand. Look at China. Look at Cuba.
Since we can't punish bad thoughts, hate speech laws are unconstitutional. And I am speaking of criminal law. If I punch you in the face because you cut me off in traffic and I punch you because you are Asian, the punch is the crime. Having enhanced penalties for the second situation means you are punishing me for my thoughts and that is not permitted under the 1st Amendment. I expect that they will be struck down in the next decade.
Since you seem to know nothing about the law, civil tort actions like Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress have very high thresholds and apply a reasonable person standard. No snowflakes need apply.
Hate speech is a stupid concept. It is misunderstood, inherently subjective and should never be allowed to take root in America. We are the last bastion of free speech and may it ever be so.
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