NY Post hate speech?

Let me say this up front – I think racism and other “hate speech” is disgusting.  It’s rarely helpful to the cause of the person saying it, and it paints them as being ignorant.

But they have every right to say it.  And I support their right to say it.  Calling for a political cartoonist to be fired because of a political cartoon goes against the very core of the First Amendment.

CNN has a story about the NAACP calling for the the cartoonist, Sean Delonas, to be fired.  I am unfamiliar with the cartoons of Mr. Delonas, and he may be an incompetent boob who deserves to be fired, but this is one of those cases where he should have job security for the foreseeable future.

Just in case the NY Post gives in and violates those principles which allow it to exist as an independent newspaper without prior government approval for it’s stories, I’ve copied the cartoon here so I’ll have it if the NY Post deletes it.  Click on the image to see it full size.

NY Post Cartoon from Feb 18, 2009

NY Post Cartoon from Feb 18, 2009

Check out the home page of this site at effor.com if you have any questions as to why I would do this.  There isn’t much there, just a few quotes.  But those quotes should explain why I put this post on my blog.  Any questions?

gk

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  1. > But they have every right to say it. And I support their right to say it. Calling for a political cartoonist to be fired because of a political cartoon goes against the very core of the First Amendment.

    Not really. Calling for a law to be written which makes it *illegal* to publish a political cartoon is what would go against the very core of the First Amendment. Calling for a political cartoonist to be fired because of a political cartoon is an example of exercising your first amendment rights. The NAACP is a private organization, and they can say what they want. If I say “the head of the NAACP should be dismissed” because of something he said, that’s not a going against the first amendment (the letter or spirit).

  2. Touche! You are 100% correct. I was referring to the “core” of the First Amendment as protecting political speech, and forgot that in this case a private organization was calling for the retribution.

    But I still shudder when people try to silence their opposition in the realm of ideas.

    Thanks for keeping me honest.

    Gary

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