`Hate Speech' and `First Amendment Absolutism' Discourses in the US

@article{Downing1999HateSA,
  title={`Hate Speech' and `First Amendment Absolutism' Discourses in the US},
  author={J. Downing},
  journal={Discourse & Society},
  year={1999},
  volume={10},
  pages={175 - 189}
}
  • J. Downing
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Discourse & Society
This article argues that the First Amendment to the US Constitution, seen inside and outside the USA as a historical high water-mark of discursive freedom, has suffered from an ideological refusal to acknowledge its dangerous implications for the growth of hate speech, whether against people of color or other subordinated groups. This refusal has led in turn to a virtual vacuum in intelligently conceived strategies to combat hate speech. First, issues in the `absolutist' position are reviewed… Expand
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