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You know what I'm sick of? People who think "freedom of speech" means that if they say something bigoted, disgusting and factually incorrect, it means that nobody has the right to call them out on it.

We do, and we should. It's our own freedom of speech to let bigots know that they won't be tolerated any more than they're willing to tolerate others.

Look at this shit:
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"Slavery got work done." Jesus.

I could link to many more people who've said this sort of thing and worse, but the point of this journal isn't really just to call out a couple of assholes. What I'm really posting for is just to remind you that it is ALWAYS OKAY to fight back against this shit. When you see statements that are obviously prejudiced, you can and should REPORT THEM. Deviantart doesn't care and doesn't do anything about it, but it feels good! It is also your right to tell them exactly what you think of their ignorant views. Never feel like it's wrong to show the intolerant some intolerance of your own. When they cast the first stone, they deserve the avalanche. :)
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ImEpsilon119 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
From my (granted, limited) experience, the freedom of speech exists until you are infringing on another's rights, or lowing the collective IQ of a(n) area forum, group, ect.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I'd suggest you practice what you preach.Oh ,that's right yuo're Liberal,the rules don't apply to you.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do. Just like I say in my post, I hate people who hate the innocent :)
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Riiight.

In that case you should be protesting outside an abortion clinic,FOR the rights of the fetus.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have to have a brain before your life matters more than a grown adult.

So, neither fetuses nor Zanes are very important in this world.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
LOL. And we all know Libs have no brains!
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Sennomar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a double edge sword. They have their right to spout their bullshit and we have our rights to call out on their bullshit.
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SophFlowers Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's just so small minded these days. I mean it's small minded anyway but sticking to these views I just can't get my mind around as to why. Society has never been more accepting of homosexuality, so why are all these racist hang ups? The human race angers me.
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Lilfut Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
That kind of looks like a joke to me. An unfunny and pointlessly offensive joke, but a joke nonetheless.

Of course, this philosophy can be taken too far. See the endless "social justice" blogs on tumblr.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah that person is consistently prejudiced : (
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Lilfut Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
man
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn right! I always report any hate mongering when I see it.
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ratdust Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I tend to lose patience/stop listening to people who use "FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!" as an excuse for those kinds of things.
It's like another way of saying "UM no offense, it's just my opinion!!1!" :|
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And of course, "no offense (intended), it's just my opinion" is trollspeak for "I'm going to say something deliberately offensive, but you are not allowed to be offended by whatever I say."
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear that a lot. It's ridiculous.
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely, it's practically the national anthem of tactless idiots.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a great way to put it.
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alas
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Mashermat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
But slavery DID get work done, you can't deny that.

I appreciate it's not really acceptable to say things like this seriously but to be honest, I wouldn't call people who are clearly not being serious 'racism', I understand the problem you're talking about but you could really have chosen a better example of 'racism' on this site than some kid making a passive potentially offensive, but actually correct, probably non-serious comment.
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But, one can not simply make such a statement without offense, and it appears rather obvious that one of the primary intents and or motives of making such a statement was to deliberately offend, i.e., to directly imply that African Americans are all lazy and should be forced to become productive again by being made into property.
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G0atboy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Yeah, you shouldn't become so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance.
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When you tolerate intolerance, you miss the whole point of being tolerant.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, then we're just a whole world of doormats!
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Hauntzor Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think a new motto for freedom of speech should be "don't be afraid to speak your mind... but don't be surprised when others are offended".

I mean, I never liked the Legend Of Zelda games, but I don't devote my time to picking out its flaws. It's my opinion, but I'm not trying to seem edgy for not liking something that's otherwise popular. Expressing racist or sexist views in such loudness seems like nothing more to me than a grab for attention to make themselves feel distinguished. I find it sad that people find satisfaction in building barriers around themselves like that.
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stoffhimel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
people need to realize that simply because they have the right to freedom of speech, they also have the right to accept the consequences of what they say. if they say someting horrible, there is going to be a backlash.
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nakklevaar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
[link] I think you want to see this one, then.
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SavagePassion666 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so utterly purely psychotic I actually had to sit down and have a drink to fully understand what I was looking at. I've come to two conclusions, both awful. Either she's a fourteen year old girl with a cutesy nazi fetish (and how the Christ does THAT even come about) or he's a forty eight year old nazi with a cute animal fetish. I'm not sure which is worse. Either way I think I'm going to write about it cuz' this is PRIME source material if I've ever seen it.
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EverboundVenvel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm going to have to go with both fetishes.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like early Christmas for my inner troll
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nakklevaar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Wow if you're about to comment on their shit you better link me or catch me on msn so I can watch you froth in rage!!
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jon's going to be in the Angry Dome for a while.
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nakklevaar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
That is a fantastic piece of news.
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
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CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
And there's this that just came out...
[link]
like it says... "like playing with fire".
I Just watched a very interesting documentary on The Battle of Gettysburg a couple days ago.
Very enlightening.
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HoofFoot Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Urrrgh.

Just recently I have started taking a stand against bigotry irl, which has resulted (thankfully?) in breaking up ties with several people who held racist, ableist, sexist or otherwise bigoted views.

While I myself haven't come across this excuse, a few friends who are just as sick of such behaviour have.

I don't know if they fail to realize the freedom of speech applies to EVERYONE (thus people CAN and WILL express their opinion on the matter) or if they childishly think 'I said what I wanted first, it's my infinity-plus-one shield against counter-arguments!'.
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relimimsauce Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
You guys are right. I get sad some times and just get disgusted. You two cheered me up. :)
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
[link]
Watch Sarah Bareilles' ultimate superpower at work, that always cheers me up.
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relimimsauce Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:)
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And if she fails, just think about Kylie Minogue's super power...
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've seen some gay hate art that was deleted because it was reported, it does work sometimes. :)
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BadluckBeast Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gotta' say, I wasn't entirely surprised to see a comment from Conservatoons' page at the other end of that link.
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Toastbat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
One of the few good quips I read on tumblr was;

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences of your speech.
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Every so often I look around and find all kinds of racist, anti-semitic, pro-Nazi BS, along with hellfire and damnation propaganda directed at gays, women who get abortion, birth control, etc. Sometimes these two are combined. There is also a fair amount of Hindu and Islamic fanaticism going around, cloaked in that most don't know the languages to notice.
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Kacen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Freedom of speech means you are allowed to say whatever you want, and whilst you can be criticized you can't be censored. That's that, "hate speech" renders freedom of speech meaningless.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, we all have the legal right to say and express whatever we want, which is one of the absolute best things about this country, but when people say awful things they shouldn't act so surprised or defensive when they get awful treatment in return. It's only fair. You reap what you sow!
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Kacen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Fair enough, just when people start pushing the hate speech laws it becomes hypocritical. You sensor any speech it is whatever. It is a slippery slope in practice - there will probably a point in which me stating I am skeptical of immigration will be labeled hate speech. I don't think you've witnessed the pure insanity of the far left - the social justice types who cry cisgender privilege, the people who say you can't be racist against white people, and so on.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no, I'm on tumblr, I run into those types all the time. No matter how left-leaning I always thought I was, there's always something I do or don't do that make me scum to one SJ blogger or another.
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