Thirteen House Democrats, led by one Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) have presented a bill, H.R. 3878 AKA The Hate Crime Reporting Act that would require the government to monitor and control what they define as ‘hate speech’.
The bill calls for National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a little known federal agency with a fairly murky mission in Washington to ‘with the assistance of the Department of Justice, the Commission, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ to submit a report to the the appropriate congressional committees, and requires them to ‘make recommendations consistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution, that the NTIA determines are appropriate and necessary to address such use of telecommunications.’
The bill, you’ll note doesn’t only cover the internet but talk radio.
It’s supported by the NAACP and and several other ‘progressive’ groups, which pretty much let’s you know what the agenda is here. In progressive NewsSpeak, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin,and a number of your favorite websites constitute ‘hate speech’ and need to be suppressed. The likes of Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and the Left side of the web, not so much.
The bill has only a slight chance of making it out of committee, and even less of being enacted but it’s valuable to look at as a signpost for exactly how little regard or tolerance the Left has for anyone who doesn’t think like they do or freedom of speech that diverges from their party line. This is the sort of thing much of the far Left is angry at President Obama for not pushing through by any means necessary back when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.
Jeffries, by the way is the nephew of CUNY professor Leonard Jeffries, Jr., a tenured radical who is a vicious racist and anti-semite and who has spewed his hatred over the web and th epublic airways as well as in the classroom,in print and in his public utterances.
While what his uncle says and does likely has nothing to do with Rep. Jeffries personal beliefs, I wonder…would he support censoring Unkie Leonard?
Forgive my cynicism, but I have a distinct feeling he wouldn’t. Certainly the NAACP wouldn’t go along with it.