Free Speech Or Freedom To Hate? You Be The Judge

By: Stephanie Shoop
By: Stephanie Shoop

According to the Associated Press, the North Carolina NAACP wants North Carolina State University to expel four students accused of painting a racist message about President-elect Obama on campus.

One of the messages used a racial slur and suggested shooting Obama.

Officials say the students won’t face charges because the message was written on a wall where free speech is encouraged.

Do you believe this is the correct decision?

As members of the media, we certainly defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  America’s freedoms are critical to its greatness.

Do these remarks cross the line? We want to know what you believe.  Should a call for a president-elect’s assassination be covered under that freedom? Should a racist remark be covered under that freedom? Should the location of those remarks be a decision-making factor? Should the students be expelled?

We’d like to get your feedback, and we hope you'll share your comments on this blog.

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  • by Hazel Location: Washington DC on Dec 7, 2009 at 10:17 PM
    Too bad they forgot to add Nancy & Harry and the rest of the Hitler wannube's.
  • by charles Location: pa on Aug 7, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    iv ben dieing to make one
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Do Americans not realalize what's going on if it was a racial slur one that's not right and there is no exquse for that I mean what did they ecspect when a black presedent is in there nothing was going to happen there's always going to be raicist in this world but what maters is how you handle it.But secend of all freedom of speech or not that was a threat and someone is going to make a threat to are leader then I think they should be behind bars.
  • by WITN Moderator on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Please check out the latest blog in the "Notes To The Newsroom" section to learn more about how the media addresses the president.
  • by Zee Location: Williamston, NC on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    Christine Kennedy is very disrespectful of the President of the United States of America. She is always calling him Obama. If she has a problem calling him Mr. Obama, she can say the President and that way she would not have to call him Mr. Obama or President Obama.
  • by Coach M Location: RMT on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    No William and Tim not "us white folks", "you white folks." And do you think that every white person would pass a drug test? Get real. And reason it like you want, Obama was raised as a black man. Tim, you mean to tell me that if you didn't know who Obama was and you saw him on the street, you would not think he was black...LOL Find another arguement already
  • by Tom Location: Duplin County on Feb 5, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    ok, so lets address the issues. First what was the messgae? Was it racist and who is the judge of the writing. Secondly, people enter college to expand their minds, not to close them. A check of the constitution shows that speech is not free when it causes ill will amongst others. It looks like the students used this cloak of a wall to express an ill will towards our president. I think writings that cause ill will or hatred amounst a group or nation of people should be discouraged, expelled removed , reprimand but defintly addressed and removed. The sensationalism of our free speech media has done all but seperate our nation over this issue. We are well aware that president Obama is an african america, we don't need to keep hearing it that just casues seperation, it is an outstanding accomplishment for a man no matter race creed or color to campaign for two years and win the election no matter what his race. We create our own indifferences by this very activity.
  • by Tim Location: Vancebor on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    Amen william, but us "white folks" are the racists...yeah right. What's sad about the vote thing being so obvious is that Obama ISN'T black. The majority of the vote was because he looked black! I will NOT say that McCain was a better choice. We were destined to be shafted this election no matter what. We get a Liar (Obama) and a plagiarist (Biden) or a War monger (McCain) and a bimbo (Palin). I just hope we can survive the next 4 years to get another shot at "real" change. Bush took the working stiffs money and gave it to the rich, Obama will take it and give it to the worthless. And yes I believe you should pass a drug test to receive your entitlement check (any type of entitlement, food stamps, welfare, AFDC) Social services in every county knows many of those people (not all) trade their awards for cash for drugs and alchohol. Just go to the piggly wiggly on a saturday night, you can trade 50.00 cash for 100.00 worth of food stamps (ebt card).
  • by william weeks Location: Seven Springs. NC on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    Are black students allowed to use this wall to express their feelings? As long as there are people like J. Jackson, Al Sharpton, Senator Wrangle, etc there will always be race hate, how else would thay make a living? The NAACP has out lived its usefullness, they are thing of the past. To the NAACP, when 95% of the black population votes for one man that tell me they voted for him because he was black.......
  • by Wanda Location: kenansville on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    "The devices of a man's heart speakth hate and evil." (The Holy Bible) NO one has a right to cowardly hide behind freedom of speech when one wants to hurt or belittle another. Now, to these cowards and any other coward...you should be expel and then criminally charged. To the officials, you all should be fired for this decision. What message have you all sent?
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