What freedom of speech really means in the liberal United States of America
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What freedom of speech really means in the liberal United States of America


The freedom of speech in the United States is guaranteed by the First Amendment but reality is far different and there is a plenty of limitations to this freedom.

The number of the limitations is constantly increasing.

It has been a long time since a white American's use of "N-word" and its various variations in relation to an African American would, under certain circumstances, be regarded as a hate crime. It can lead both to a fine and a real prison term. In some cases, it can even cost somebody his of her job and cause the public reprimand.  

Despite there are no any prohibitions on federal level for usage of any words, these prohibitions work on a local level. Moreover, the vocabulary of these taboo words and expressions has recently become significantly replenished.   

In Massachusetts, a bill is being under consideration to ban the word "bitch". The offender can face a fine of $ 150 to six months in prison.

October 2019, two young men were detained by police and put on trial for using cuss words while communicating to each other. According to the local laws, they can face either $50 fine or 30 days in prison, or both.

The use of expression “illegal alien” is about to be criminalized in ultra-tolerant New York, as it allegedly insults migrants’ honor and indignity. Although some other States have this exact expression written in illegal migration laws. It’s obvious that the U.S. liberal tolerance takes the shape of something more bizarre and ugly, directly impacting the citizens and their freedom of speech.

The U.S. supreme court also limited the freedom of speech to the Americans in May of 2019.

According to the U.S. main accusatory body’s decision, which is not subject to appeal, now a citizen when arrested cannot make claims to the police that the law enforcement agencies violated their freedom of speech. In fact, it means that the police now have got juridical immune from citizens’ lawsuits concerning the violation of their constitutional rights while illegal and doubtful detentions.

Arrests for posts on social media are also not uncommon in the US.

As a rule, those users who threaten someone with violence or physical violence using the social media get in jail. Posts that directly call for illegal actions are a good reason to bring criminal or administrative responsibility in almost any state, even if the user did not mean anything serious, but a joke.

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Author: Usa Really