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Free Speech or Hate Speech?

OPB | Nov. 15, 2010 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 9:43 p.m.

Last month, a student at Clark Community College in Washington distributed controversial fliers proclaiming “white pride.” Later he wore a uniform with a swastika to a meeting where he read the flier out loud and other students expressed their views on race, fear, and freedom of speech.

Some students say the administration should do more prevent what they consider hate speech. The administration says there’s nothing it can do. This type of incident has happened other places in different incarnations. Where is the line between hate speech and free speech, particularly on college campuses?

Have you experienced any incident like this? What was your response?



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