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Should use of certain racist slurs be made illegal?

Do not directly address me or my character. This is a discussion question. I will make my own opinion known later.

Update: I am pleased to see that most of the people who have responded understand that free speech must, by definition, include offensive speech. Keeping it legal to say certain words is by no means saying that you advocate their use. Banning certain parts of speech is a slippery slope. Today, we are discussing whether the N-word should be legal. By next year, we could be discussing whether the word stupid should be outlawed.

Race hate crimes are punishable by law in the UK
[@406205,InOtterWords] Yes. Because one by one, every minority will demand that offensive terms for them be made illegal. Including rednecks, Karens and Kens, WASPs, racists, homophobes, transphobes, etc., until you can't say anything rude about anyone.
[@1201381,ShadowfireTheSarcastic] wouldn't that be wonderful, no racism, homophobia, sexism, etc etc
That could get really messy because you could very likely get works by people like Mark Twain banned when the entire point of the work was a criticism of the evils of the day.
pianoplayingsteve · 26-30, M
Someone I know is pro censorship. I’m disabled. He referred to something as ‘lame’. I told him that was offensive and it sure shut him up.
[@321829,pianoplayingsteve] 😆👍
No. That's almost certainly too far.
Yes we need more prisoners.
[@406636,causernamebemyusername] I'm really hoping that was sarcasm.

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