This past week we have seen yet another clash between different groups with opposing opinions. One side there was a group of white supremacist NAZI sympathizers who are by sheer definition racist toward anyone that is not white. On the others side were a mix of leftist organizations, who want American history, or more specifically white American history, all but erased. I want to add as a footnote that in attendance were peaceful demonstrators who were legally permitted to hold a rally in protest to the city of Charlottesville taking down the Robert E. Lee monument and changing the name of the park. These people were not part of any side, even though the media considers them NAZI supporters, which is clearly their intent.
Both of the above mentioned groups have a right to their opinion and believe it or not, their voice is protected by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. I could end it there, but there is more to be said on the matter. You see the media and people of higher power pick and choose what is protected by the 1st Amendment. If an individual goes outside with a NAZI flag and yells “white power” he could potentially be charged with a federal hate crime and most likely a slew of state level crimes as well. This person will then be all over the media outlets who will berate him of his “crimes”. Social media will then get involved with the help of Hollywood hypocrites that will shame the individual. Minorities will use the occasion to push their belief that white people are all racist and new laws should be in place. Now let’s shift gears to a black lives matter (BLM) march where young black men in masks are holding signs that say “Kill white people” or “Shoot the police”. Before you think I am making up those signs do an image search on them. These same protestors are marching down the street chanting anti-white propaganda and things such as “Fry the pigs like bacon” (again look it up). As light turns to dark these protestors turn violent and begin destroying storefronts and city owned property. Now I understand that not all BLM supporters are like this, but it is clear there is a subset that are racist and violent. Outside of maybe a few BLM supporters who were arrested for damaging property, how many do you think were arrested for chanting racist talk? None! On top of that the mainstream media does not even report on the racism that BLM spews. Social media is quite and the Hollywood elites are mum on the subject.
The Libertarian viewpoint is and always has been that the 1st Amendment protects all speech, regardless if it offends or triggers another party. There is no difference between a NAZI sympathizer and a BLM march shouting racist slurs. They are both completely wrong in their approach to solving any problems, but they have a right to their opinion. Furthermore, hate crimes pushed down on people for simply saying something are entirely biased and wrong. If someone causes physical harm to another, regardless if it was because of their race or simply because they wanted to, they should be held accountable for their actions. If a white person harms a black person because of his skin color, he will receive a hate crime. Yet if a black person harms another black person, which is 1000 times more likely to happen, no one seems to care. The hypocrisy of berating someone because of their 1st Amendment rights is ridiculous. I am sure by this point some will bring up the “Fire in a crowded theater” statement and how it applies to free speech. Again, the Libertarian belief is that one does indeed have a right to yell “Fire” in a crowded theater because that is his 1st Amendment right. But the theater is also private property and they impose their own rules on certain matters, assuming that government does not restrict what they can and cannot do, which is always the case. If the theater makes it a rule not to talk or yell in their establishment, they can do so and anyone who breaks said rules can be thrown out. I realize philosophically the term “Fire in a crowded theater” means more, but in a real world sense it is as simple as that.
The 1st Amendment protects the free speech of ALL people regardless of what they say. As soon as physical harm is done to someone then the line is crossed and appropriate laws are in place to protect them. If you are driving by and you see a NAZI march, as long as they are not harming you, move on and let them be. The same applies to a BLM march. They have their opinion and you have yours.