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New CA poll: close to half surveyed wants to see ‘hate’ speech regulated




A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts at counter protesters during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017.
A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts at counter protesters during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017.
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Forty-six percent of California voters says the state had gone too far in allowing white nationalists to demonstrate, according to a new study published by UC Berkeley.

When divided along party lines, the survey shows that nearly half of Republicans believe in rights to demonstrate, compared to 39 percent Democrats.

With tensions rising between the general public and white supremacists, ideas around free speech are continuously in question. Should perceived ‘hate’ speech be curtailed? What are the implications socially and legally?

Guests:

Mark DiCamillo, director of IGS Poll at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies; he conducted the survey

Stephen Rohde, civil liberties lawyer at Rohde & Victoroff and author of “Webster’s New World American Words of Freedom” (Webster’s New World, 2001); past president of ACLU Southern California

Laura Beth Nielsen, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University; she is the author of “License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech” (Princeton University Press, 2006)