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Parent Article: Why does IMC let itself be a hate speech platform? (english)
Either equilateral censorship or none at all (english)
04 Jul 2003
Modified: 09 Sep 2003
There is a depressing trend on indymedia with regards to hate speech. It is okay to hate white people, Jews, capitalists, the military, people who don't agree with your point of view, scientists, intellectuals, Christians, Asians, the middle class, computer jockeys, anyone in finance, and doctors. It is not okay to hate socialists, communists, black people, hispanics (except if they dislike Cuba...then you can hate them), poor people, Muslims, pagans, homosexuals, anarchists, unemployed people, and welfare recipients.

I find this troubling. Indymedia, of all places, should be the first to apply equal standards to all people and all views. Inciting violence against any group should be discouraged. Attacking ideas, not people, should be encouraged. Name-calling, especially throwing around the word Nazi, should be discouraged. There should be a sense of intelligence and not merely rabble rousing about the whole thing.

The day Indymedia takes down a kill the Jews post by a Black person is the day White Supremicist groups should be banned. Until Indymedia proves itself better than a second-rate censor, only getting rid of ideas it doesn't like, there should be no limits. Else why come here at all?