Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"Being White in Philly" and PC Censorship

My latest piece at World Net Daily discusses the Philadelphia Mayor’s effort to suppress speech through state intimidation. The article, "Being White in Philly" has created a national controversy, and the Mayor is doing his best to chill speech in response.

The Volokh Conspiracy has a great discussion going on this issue. Here is the key language from the Mayor’s letter to the city’s Human Relations Committee:

  •  I ask that the commission consider specifically whether Philadelphia Magazine and the writer, Bob Huber, are appropriate for rebuke by the commission in light of the potentially inflammatory effect and the reckless endangerment to Philadelphia’s racial relations possibly caused by the essay’s unsubstantiated assertions… I ask the commission to evaluate whether the ‘speech’ employed in this essay is not the reckless equivalent of “shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” its prejudiced, fact-challenged generalizations an incitement to extreme reaction.
In my next piece, I hope to get the Human Relations Committee to explain where they get the right to officially “rebuke” a publication, or declare that a publication caused or will cause “an incitement to extreme reaction.”

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