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what do you guys think of this news story? do you think hate speech should be a crime? or should canada have a more american set of laws regarding free speech?
  • does that hipster olympics thing count as promoting hatred against an identifiable group?

    oh man, are hipsters ever parasitic vermin.
  • how do the americans do things?
    • from my understanding, in the u.s., you can say whatever you want, as long as you are not advocating violence. so, how this guy was arrested for saying 'all natives/black people/chinese/whatever should be removed from the country', unless he was saying they should be hurt, i don't believe he would be in trouble here. this link is pretty full of legalese but will probably explain it better than me.

      for example: i don't know if you've heard of the jena six case, but it involves a lot of race issues that i think would be handled differently in canada. a judge ruled that hanging nooses from a tree was not a racially insensitive thing to do, and i think it would be different in canada.

      in addition, i think canadians have a different perspective on race relations, and a lot of ideas, than americans. now that i have been living in the u.s. for almost a year some things are very apparent to me. canadians are much more british than we think, especially in the way many of our laws are formed and our legal system.
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