The views of women in the Croydon tram can be mean, but the laws that criminalize hate speech can have bad consequences
video diatribe against black women and Polish ("What happened to this country? ... With a lot of black people and the burden of Polish prostitute") tram Croydon Wimbledon caused a stir, generating a storm of social media and quickly leads to an arrest. But I must say I think one of the least impressive video I've seen in my life. Compared with images of children who attack the filming themselves "pakis" on the tube, the storm on this video seems worse than the discussion of whether the X factor should be whipped publicly tweeters or not.
In fact, it reminded me a little light image by Stewart Lee, where his nan said. "It is politically correct Stew Gawn crazy" I can imagine the tram woman complaining I could not even talk about immigration in their own country.
However, I was outraged by the incident until I saw the reaction on Twitter. Piers Morgan called the women to be deported, some have called for the prison, while others said that their child should be removed. And these are the answers can be printed.
I do not like writing an article defending a woman, but I think the call for her to stop, then processed at the top. I do not think that such behavior is acceptable or has a problem with conviction. My problem is that required by law to participate is the worst way to deal with such incidents. And there are several reasons for this.
First, the law has little impact. Race relations has made it illegal for organizations to discriminate, but you can count the number of successful prosecutions in his fingers. It works much better in well-defined cases of direct discrimination rather than hate speech.
What really changed the attitude of racism was a change in popular culture driven by courageous people. People who have joined in solidarity against the skinheads (cable in the street in the 30's and Southall in 80 years) a change in attitude. Rock Against Racism has changed popular attitudes. Love Music Hate Racism attitudes have changed. Anti-Nazi League is. But trying to push for better social attitudes through law is a hopeless task. Popular condemnation and viral pee-requires a much better place.
Second, we can say that you can be prosecuted under the Public Order Act or a "breach of peace", but the law is an ass now dominant. Let the police make an arrest if someone feels "insulted". The same laws allow them to detain political activists and arbitrary arrests.
Third, laws that criminalize incitement to hatred often turn against their own minorities. A few years ago, the British Muslim organizations vigorously campaigned for a law against religious hatred, hoping that would stop the BNP from its use as fodder election. Labour has adopted the law, but did little to stop the BNP. However, most of those prosecuted under the law were - you guessed it - Muslim
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