Hate speech can be both distasteful and offensive, but in many countries it isn't illegal -- it's protected as free speech. But should it be? Many people worry that tolerance of hate speech, especially online, has led to acts of actual violence and hate crimes. But if hate speech is banned, who gets to decide what qualifies or doesn't qualify? Pose these questions for students, and help them think through the importance of both respect for others and free speech.
Explain whether hate speech is protected under the "freedom of speech" clause of the First Amendment.
Identify the pros and cons of censoring online hate speech.
Take a position on whether they think online hate speech should be protected or censored, and support it with compelling reasons.