Saturday, 26 March 2016
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Yet more and more, the media erupts with stories of people being downright horrible. Yesterday a tweet was sent by a British man:
"I confronted a Muslim women yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said "Nothing to do with me". A mealy mouthed reply."
Many folks immediately reacted in a truly British manner by lampooning that tweet to the point of ridicule. Eventually the man deleted his original tweet and sort-of apologized, but then he was arrested and held until hearing on the charge of "inciting racial hatred" under UK law.
Americans who were following the story had their own take on it:
"Too bad the U.S. doesn't have that or Drumpf would be behind bars."
"It's good that the U.S. doesn't have that stupid law. Some of us here enjoy our right to free speech."
"Umm, no. Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can go up to people and be a dick to them. I think you guys need to reread the Bill of Rights."
"Hate speech isn't covered under Freedom of Speech. Sorry, you'll have to spew your hatred of other races and genders in the privacy of your own homes. FYI Freedom of Speech doesn't cover death threats for the President either, just so you know."
When I was in grade school, one of the things I was taught was "If you can't say something nice, say nothing." The world would be a better place if people were able to swallow their pride, move past their prejudices, and just get along.