Silencing “Hate Speech” Doesn’t Stop Hate

Anti-fascism is in my blood. As a teenager in the late-1970s, I became involved in Anti Nazi League protests and attended free Rock Against Racism festivals. I was concerned with racism in part because I attended a school where 90% of pupils were non-white, and I could directly see the corrosive effects of racism. But I was also aware of fascism because of my grandparents’ experience in the Jewish East End of London during the 1930s, where locals and anti-fascist supporters faced the real threat of fascism on a daily basis, and eventually had to physically confront the fascists in the streets.

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  1. This is from the Feminists Against Censorship website from 20 years ago, “Censorship can never eliminate evil ideas, and so the best answer to bad speech is more speech”. I also recall mentioning to an Islamophobe the history of violence and tension that has existed within Christianity. He seemed very insistent that I stop that conversation. I tend to find the offensive are the most easily offended.

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