November 27, 2006


Asked about free-speech issues, Jackson said the word (you know, the N word) is “unprotected.”

I wonder what other words fall outside the realm of freedom of speech?

You know what? It occurs that, even if you say "the N word," you and everyone else knows exactly what the "the N word" is. So, what's next? Ban the phrase "the N word?" Ban the phrase "the word previously known as 'the N word."

I just can't wait to see where this one is headed.

Posted by Ryan at November 27, 2006 05:38 PM | TrackBack

Well, I can't tell from that article if he went any further than urging people to stop using the word. If that's all he's doing, he's within his rights -- asking people to voluntarily change their speech is perfectly acceptable from where I stand. Not that it will work, but he's certainly free to suggest it.

If he's proposing something akin to flag-burning amendments or hate-speech regulation to enforce those wishes, then yeah, I have a problem with that.

Posted by: flamingbanjo at November 27, 2006 08:13 PM

I agree. I hope I didn't read it the way I initially read it. It's the "unprotected" in quotes that got my antenna twitching.

Posted by: Ryan at November 27, 2006 08:47 PM
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