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Freedom Of Speech And Racism, Antisemitism, Nativism, Misogyny: Public Rebuke Of Public Figures Required As Punishment, As With Roseanne! | The Progressive Professor
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Anyone can say whatever they wish to say, and if they use social media, they can express their thoughts in print. But that does not mean that the right to speak should protect racists, antisemites, nativists, and misogynists from public condemnation, or that it should protect public figures from public rebuke, including potential loss of their employment, and any other public punishment short of imprisonment. The case of Roseanne Barr is such a case. Roseanne Barr can certainly have her own thoughts and opinions, but that does not protect her from public denunciation, and actions to punish her, and take away her career. For any public figure to express such biases as Roseanne Barr has done for many years is simply disgusting, and beyond the pale. And it should be the same for every politician, whether local, state or national, to face repudiation and to be forced out of office as