I was pleased to see two white supremacist pieces of shit convicted of promoting hatred of women and Jews this week.
Kudos to Warren Kinsella and Lisa Kirbie who helped in the fight against the horrid, hateful and now criminal Your Ward News.
I'm a firm believer in the important need to criminalize incitement to hate, the type of vile expression that promotes the notion that certain people, based solely on identifying characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. are so vile and dangerous that the only thing a reasonable person should do is destroy them, most likely with violence.
We've seen hate speech before targeted at LGBTQ people and still do. Many other innocent groups continue to be subjects of such incitement.
There are of course a plethora of ways one can reasonably and legally express themselves, including their religious beliefs, without lurching into incitement of hate. One can criticize homosexuality or Islam and not be guilty of inciting hatred.
The key here is the fact that your words are meant to stir up hatred so intense against a group that it makes life unlivable for that group in society. Because such hatred, should it spread, will lead to discrimination, and violence, and death. We've seen this horrific movie before, both in Canada and everywhere around the world. Sadly, ignorance is a key foundation of the human condition and it's used by bigots to evil ends.
Of course, it's the Globe & Mail, that beacon of white privilege and establishment power, that would publish this terrible piece by Marcus Gee, yet another white straight male who tolerates incitement to hate.
Clearly, Gee can't conceive of anyone ever targeting him or his loved ones because of hatred. For Gee, a world poisoned with propaganda promoting the idea that some groups of people are sub-human and must be stopped at all costs has no impact on him. How could he be worried about that? White straight males haven't a clue what that feels like. Hence why they entertain this notion of unrestricted promotion of hatred and violence.
What happens if some demented bigot out there hears a hate-filled message reinforced over and over again and decides to lash out or throw a brick through the window of someone he hates, or goes to the next step and physically assaults the objects of his hate? Clearly, Gee doesn't care.
What kind of community is left for that object of hate? Marcus Gee doesn't care. For him, hate is only academic.
Inciting hatred is the first step that leads to harassment, violence, murder, and then mass murder. Propaganda is the first tool used by those who want to kill those they hate but don't have the guts to do it themselves. It is abhorrent and it should be illegal. Those who are guilty of it should be prosecuted for promoting or inciting hatred. Societies that don't clamp down on the incitement of hate, invite hate to fester and grow. Look to the U.S., now gripped with division and violence, as a society we should not be mimicking.
Oh, how nice it would be for hatred to be just another option. Oh, look, let's debate if Jews are human. What happens if the Jews lose the debate? Oh well not my problem, I'm not Jewish, I'm sure folks like Marcus Gee would say.
Oh, let's debate if raping and killing women is just another choice we all should tolerate. Sure actually doing that stuff is wrong, but telling others to rape and murder women, well that should be protected and tolerated. What do I care? I'm Marcus Gee. It'll never be me personally who suffers the potential consequences of rape.
Hatred isn't illegal in Canada. But publicly inciting hatred which logically leads to violence is and should continue to be illegal.
Shame on you, Marcus Gee.