Freedom of speech does not exclude you from having to think about what you say and write. In other words, you still need maturity and good sense.
Neither does it exclude you from being fired or prosecuted if you get caught leaking sensitive or harmful information. Be careful of what you say and write, and to whom.
But freedom of speech does mean that you are free to deal with the consequences. Why? Because words are powerful. They can do much good but they can also do much harm. They can cut deep. They can cause a war even.
And because your freedom of speech is also other ppl’s freedom of speech. Throw out ill-conceived thoughts and you can expect to be called out on your bullsh*t. Hurt someone with your vitriol and you can expect the same vitriol hurled back at you. Worse if it comes back amplified. Even worse if it comes back in the form of physical violence.
Words carry consequences. You want freedom of speech then you have to be ready to deal with the consequences too. Take responsibility for your words. Blog Responsibly.
Everyone had been bickering about what should have been done instead of Peter and Kimberly’s email campaign but no one has come back to me yet with a single justification for Xiaxue’s words. Why is that? Because they cannot be justified.
I adhor racism because I went through it. FYI Mr. Kenny Sia I did do something when Pauline Hanson made her speech but I have no proof and frankly I don’t really care if you believe me or not.
I came to Australia as a child and I saw and experienced racism as a child. Yeah I learnt to deal with it but I also learn that we have to fight it wherever we see it. I’m not a radical, I never pelt eggs at racists but I tore down those ANM posters that were plastered everywhere. I wrote letters just like I did with the emails recently.
To sit silently by is to tacitly condone Miss. Cheng’s behaviour. We have made it known either through emails or on her comments section that her words are a bit unsettling. We tried the soft approach. I personally cannot take credit for this recent campaign but I joined in it because I truly believed in it.
Just because something is online as opposed to being in the newspapers or TV, doesn’t mean it’s less hurtful. If you say it, you own it. Simple as that.