What does Hashtag #AnyoneCanBeFreeman really mean?
“Do you have what it takes to be a card-carrying ambassador?” Are you committed to open expression of ideas? Are you open to civil engagement with others? Do you have an abiding commitment to justice? Do you think about the story form of media as more than entertainment?
Free speech alone is not enough to guarantee a free society. … we all have the right to express our opinion. But unless that is matched with a commitment to equality, the right to respect other people’s opinions, but, more importantly, some amount of accountability — I think, without equality, free speech is nothing more than privilege. But without accountability, free speech is the most dangerous freedom of all, and that’s impunity. … without accountability, free speech is the most dangerous freedom of all, and that’s impunity. Billy Bragg Democracy Now 9.25.2019
All of humanity has the capacity to be inclusive and equitable in their actions. But not all humans have the social and emotional skills to represent the intentions of justice or understand the boundaries of speech in pursuit of justice. Free Speech without accountability is a privilege. As Judge Holmes stressed “falsely” shouting fire in a crowded theater, is not protected speech. There is much parlance on this topic but our organization leans toward supporting informed Free Speech as might be the argument that “a man who stands in a theatre and warns the audience that there are not enough fire exits” should be given access to the stage.
It is obvious that unrestricted liberty of utterance cannot have been intended, but the familiar formula that “liberty does mean license” is of little help in solving concrete situations. The Present Status of Freedom of Speech under the Federal Constitution Harvard Law Review Vol. 41, No. 4 (Feb., 1928), pp. 525-528