Freedom of speech and dangerous ideas

Crikey readers talk racist cartoons (or are they?) and whether Bernard Keane has fully researched the issue of vaccination for children.

How to define racism

Richard Middleton writes: Re. “Fairfax sorry for the ‘throw away’ racist cartoon that made it to print” (yesterday). There are two terms that are used here that should be used carefully and with due regard for their meanings. One is racism. I am aware how broadly some would like to define racism, and I suspect that many such people have a particular, personal axe to grind or something to hide.

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2 thoughts on “Freedom of speech and dangerous ideas

  1. tonyfunnywalker

    Richard Middleton a view on the speech made by George Brandis to the Centre of International Affairs in Washington is a classic of careless inaccuracies, blatent misinforamtion and misinterpretation and a the continuing enbarrassment of the level of the intellectual abilites of Ausstralia’s political elite. Two in a day – one the rantings of the worst kind of narcissism by a once Foreign Minister. The Chelsea Manning revealted the limitations of politicans at Diplomatic Posts only to be out done by Bob Carr – who outdid Kevin Rudd — in his overt narcissism. Carr makes Julie Bishop look good and that is saying a lot!

  2. Rais

    Richard Middleton writes: “Racism to my mind is the act of inciting hatred or violence against another. The consideration of various “emotional hurts” is too difficult to define, let alone quantify. Therefore unless it can be shown that very real “psychological damage” was done, in no way related to pre-existing condition, then such claims should be dismissed.” Just what we need – another judgement of what constitutes racism from another comfortable Anglo-Saxon man who has never experienced it. Richard you cannot know what you are talking about.

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