Dueling Stereotypes and the Law
Posted by The Situationist Staff on March 1, 2007
Here are the opening paragaphs in an AP story out of Santa Rosa California yesterday:
When a few classmates razzed Rebeka Rice about her Mormon upbringing with questions such as, “Do you have 10 moms?” she shot back: “That’s so gay.”
Those three words landed the high school freshman in the principal’s office and resulted in a lawsuit that raises this question: When do playground insults used every day all over America cross the line into hate speech that must be stamped out?
Stereotyping, hate speech, bullying, the influence of situation (why does so much of this happen on the playground?), personal responsibility, parental responsibility, institutional responsibility: This story touches on all of them.