Should racial insults be illegal?
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, racial insults constitute of speaking or treating someone with disrespect or scornful abuse on the grounds of or connected with difference in race. Should this be made illegal? The immediate answer from me is “yes! Of course!” but on more reflection and thought, it is difficult to be so resolute because it is something entirely different from the real issue at the heart of the matter - racism. Racism isn’t a black and white (for want of a better phrase), issue. I am not saying it is right, it definitely isn’t, but what I am saying is one racial insult doesn’t equate to a racist and therefore making racial insults illegal cannot be the answer to racism. Some people may be reading this and be thinking I am crazy - after all what gives someone the right to insult you based on the colour of your skin? It is a factor of life that a person cannot help, nor should they want to. It is chance to be born white or not white. It is unacceptable for somebody to insult another person for a disability, yet somehow with race it isn’t that simple.
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