Author gets dragged on Twitter for wanting a utopia in which Nazis still exist
Since the election of President Donald Trump, the meaning and importance of free speech has been challenged on an almost daily basis. The prevalence of marches and rallies in the USA - some advocating for, and some uprising against the current government - seems more apparent than ever, and it's the same story when it comes to social media.
Facebook and Twitter have become platforms to share political opinions and express - quite rightfully - free speech. However, freedom of speech does not equate to freedom from consequences, and so the more unpopular or controversial opinions are easily subjected to criticism.
Chad Felix Greene, an author and journalist, is currently getting slammed on Twitter after implying that Nazis would still exist in an ideal universe. "I want to live in a world where ppl wearing swastikas or rainbows or Black Power shirts can coexist without physically attacking each other," he wrote yesterday on the social media platform.
He followed up by saying, "I do not wish to weed out all the things that offend me and support what I enjoy as a requirement for happiness or stability."
And many agreed with him. The first tweet has over 1,000 likes, and many people stepped in to claim that he was simply defending "free speech".
The problem is, Greene's advocacy for "free speech" and a world in which people "wearing swastikas" is commonplace goes beyond just offending people - and is actually something that would put him, personally, in danger.
"The Nazis wish to weed you out, my dude," wrote on Twitter user, who was probably referring to the fact that Greene is gay and Jewish - two demographics that the Nazis famously targeted and murdered by the millions.
Others pointed out the obvious fact that the basis of Nazism is a refusal to coexist, and is founded on ideologies of superiority:
And many were quick to highlight the problems with equating Nazism - a fascist hate movement - with the struggles of black and LGBTQ people. While the former has only ever advocated for the regression of equality, the latter is still striving closer towards it.
Greene's tweet was referring to an incident recently in which a man wearing a swastika armband in public was tracked down and punched by Twitter users. Again, the internet was divided on the attack, with some saying he deserved what he got, and others arguing that he was just expressing his opinion - as we all should be able to do.
On the one hand, the man wearing the armband was not physically antagonising anybody at the time. However, on the other, when one person's opinion calls for the negative treatment - or, to some extremes, the genocide - of certain social and racial groups, it's no longer something that can be a part of a peaceful society. Even if he wasn't physically harming anyone, the man in the armband was supporting an idea that threatens millions of innocent people.
Logically, there's not really a way for these groups to coexist. But still, Greene is entitled to express his opinion on the internet, and everybody else is well within their rights to ridicule him for it.