To hear anyone go on a racist, hate-filled rant is shocking enough, but when that person is a little boy who can't be more than 10-years-old, it's more than shocking.
Someone decided to film a young boy who is promoting an organization he refers to as the URA, which, the boy explains, stands for the "United Racists Alliance." Occasionally, whoever is filming the video can be heard to laugh almost silently as the little boy proceeds to claim that "maybe it's just my nose, but black people smell." The entire racist diatribe is peppered with vulgarity and cussing.
The boy's message has many believing that the child was coached into saying these shockingly racist comments. If the child was coached into spewing his vile comments, especially in order to promote an "alliance" dedicated to racism, some are wondering if those parents may have crossed the line of freedom of speech and have entered into the realm of child abuse.
Joe Clark, writer for Liberal America, certainly believes that the boy's parents have coached him, and in doing so, are abusing their own son.
"There is no way this child could have thought of all this hate by himself. I believe that he was coached by those filming him. I am a firm believer in freedom of speech, but I think this crosses the line from free speech to child abuse. I would say that these parents should be ashamed, but it would be a waste because they obviously have no sense of nor even understand the concept of decency."
Freedom of speech is, of course, protected in the United States by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Freedom of speech is further protected in many states by their own state constitutions, as well as other state and federal laws. Freedom of speech, in other words, is a big deal, a sacred right to be protected.
However, some speech is not protected underneath the Constitution. Obscenity, for example, is not protected. In 1942, the United States Supreme Court added "incitement" to the list of types of speech that are not protected. In other words, "fighting words" are against the law and not protected, meaning a person is not allowed to abuse another verbally or use inflammatory speech in order to cause unrest in a crowd or incite them to do something illegal.
A group of Civil Rights lawyers specifically addresses the usage of language driven by racism and hate and whether or not that sort of language is covered by the First Amendment.
"You can declare a dislike for a whole race of people, or for everyone of a certain religion or sexual preference, and you'd be within your rights. But there's a fine line that you can't cross. If what you've said causes someone else to act out against these people or hurt them, you've incited them. If you make hateful comments to someone else, one on one, based on that person's religion, sex or race, these are fighting words and not protected."
Watch the video embedded below -- but do so at your own risk. The language is extreme and vulgar, and it is disturbing, to say the least, to watch a young boy make continuous, racist comments.
Tell us in the comments -- is this video protected by the First Amendment? And if not, are the parents guilty -- morally, if not legally -- of child abuse?
This isn't the only sad video of a child making a shocking racist comment that has made headlines lately. Click here to see a little boy verbally attack a man and his daughter at the playground because of their race.
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