A 36-year-old man from Wisconsin has become the first person to be arrested under new public speech legislation proposed by the Democratic party.
The unnamed white male was overheard describing a person of color as “That good-looking black kid. You know, the one who sings that song I really like.”
Under this new legislation, all other personal identifiers must be exhausted before an individual is permitted to refer to a person of colors’ skin color. Even then, compelled speech laws state that individuals must use the approved term, “person of color,” although this is currently undergoing another review and is subject to change at any given moment.
Speech offenders can be held for up to 72 hours without bail and must undergo an assessment which was specifically designed to uncover the extent of their racial bias.
Although campaigners welcomed news of the first arrest, many believe that the new law does not extend far enough. As it stands, it’s illegal to reference a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability without exhausting all other possible identifiers. Social justice and equality activists want the law widened to include all other possible sources of discrimination, including height, hair color, scars, facial ticks, or any other distinguishing features, such as a “big nose.”
This is specifically the kind of legislation we need in this country in order to combat the ever rising threat of white supremacy and racism that has sprouted up unrelentingly after the Trump administration took office. It’s a start, but it’s a step in the right direction.