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Use Free Speech To Denounce Hate: NY Medical College Chancellor

August 18, 2017
Journal News  

The recent violent demonstrations at, and adjacent, to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville are matters which ought to concern us all. As a community, we must reflect on the events and determine a course forward that supports our vision and values. We must respect an individual's right to freedom of speech. One of the benefits of free speech is that when people say hateful and foolish things they show themselves to be hateful and foolish. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) observed, "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial disease. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants..." When hate speech is exposed to the sunlight of free discourse, it becomes clear that it is hate speech. 

NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer
Source: The Journal News