But our founding fathers did not write and ratify the First Amendment to empower government and industry to pick and choose what speech is and is not offensive, and yet that’s precisely what government and industry have done in the nearly 250 years since our country’s birth.
This week, as part of it’s ‘white supremacist’ crackdown, YouTube deplatformed and banned renowned neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, along with David Duke and Stefan Molyneux (who doesn't even belong in the same category as "neo-nazis").
Other channels banned include American Renaissance (with its associated channel AmRen Podcasts) and the channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute. The channels repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies, a YouTube spokesperson said, by alleging that members of protected groups were inferior. These come alongside other violations that led to YouTube taking action.
“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies,” a YouTube spokesperson told the news site.
“After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies,” the spokesperson added. (Related: Health Ranger joins Parler, Stefan Molyneux joins Brighteon, millions of users leave Twitter and Facebook over gross censorship.)
The removals were part of an effort begun last year to ‘purify’ the platform of any speech that offended the sensibilities of the YouTube censorship team. Like other platforms, YouTube updated community rules to prohibit “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.”
The YouTube purges — the modern-day electronic version of the Salem witch hunts — do not, so far, include ‘hate speech’ from Black Lives Matter and other Left-wing Neo-liberal groups and individuals because again, anything anti-white is fine with YouTube but anything remotely critical of a person's of color is instant ‘hate speech.’
Granted, a lot of what certain individuals have said and advocated for is disgusting and completely not part of our founding principles like equality and justice for all.
But speech is just that — speech — and our Constitution has never required that it fit a certain mold or pattern or be unoffensive.
To be sure, King George of England and his colonial Loyalists were appalled by the cries for independence from some American colonists, many of whom were punished for speaking out ‘against the Crown.'
But that’s exactly why the First Amendment contains a “freedom of speech” clause: So that Americans would not and cannot be punished for political, cultural or social speech that others may find offensive, even if it’s a majority of Americans.
Therefore, the “hate speech” rules that are on the books everywhere are blatantly unconstitutional. They were established mostly by authoritarian Leftists precisely to curb speech, not encourage it, to quash the spread of ideas, not enable them to be presented and debated.
Who wants to hear Nazi speech, right? Who wants to hear that whites are superior to blacks and other races?
Truth be told, very few Americans. But that doesn’t mean these people should be silenced.
Consider the other side of the coin. While YouTube is banning and censoring far-Right voices, the platform continues to allow black supremacists (which is really all the BLM movement is, deep down) to proliferate. BLM voices and others who regularly trash white people just because they’re white are not only emboldened to such speech, they are literally being protected by tech platforms whose founders agree with the Leftist ideology.
All of which is why Brighteon.com was developed by Natural News founder Mike Adams, the Health Ranger: To be a haven where all voices can be heard.
Even, or rather especially, those points of view you disagree with.