Monday, May 28, 2012

Go Justice: Freedom of Speech and Expression for Whom?

EXPRESSION is a thought communicated by language...they can be symbolical or a bodily expression...Meriam-Webster

When I returned to Google+ one day, the news in my section had a headline elaborating on the trial reported from some Breaking News titled: Judge Sentences Former Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi to 30-day jail term

For those unfamiliar with the case, this is the guy that planted a webcam on his roommate,Tyler Clementi's, intimate relationship with his male partner. 
This guy, Dharun Ravi, planted it to expose Tyler's homosexuality to everyone including his family. This may not be the only reason because most people do it because they're perverted...
After this occurred, Clementi of course was humiliated but was also being forced to come out of the closet. Not wanting to and humiliated, he committed suicide by throwing himself from the George Washington Bridge. 


I was shocked at this verdict. I was also shocked at the liberty a person can have in this country in that they can commit such an act on another human being. 
This the act of psychological bullying, stalking, voyeurism, discrimination, a hate crime, and humiliation perpetrated by Ravi on Clementi to the point that he committed suicide to get away from his torment. 

So I had to wonder, who is freedom of speech and expression really for in this country?
Is it for the people that have money? 
Is it for the people that are heterosexual? 
Is it for people that are religious? 
Or is it just that the judge can chose whatever they want when a verdict is passed to them. The judge appeared to expressed his opinion in this verdict. Ravi expressed his opinion. People express their opinions about homosexuality all the time. What about the victim of this? What about his opinion?

Everyone can use freedom of expression and their right to live and go to and fro but Clementi, the young man who had been stalked, spied on, humiliated, and mentally tortured to the point of death. 

Our Rights

We have the right to freedom of speech and expression; this is true. It's the expression that some seem to have some misunderstandings with. It seems someone has found a loophole in our amendment so they can be abusive to others.

Do we also have the right to express our hatred or jealousy of someone to the point that the person could die, could get killed, or kill someone? 
This is definitely where such spying behavior can lead to is my point. The verdict given to Ravi states that a person gets to express themselves, in belief or otherwise, with your humiliation and you get no justice for it. 
It's not only saying this to someone that can be in Clementi's shoes, but to parents who send their kids to college, that you will get no justice if this should happen to your child by some pervert stalking them.

...Crimes against Humanity, defined by the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, " are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings - Wikipedia....

Was this a crime against humanity? Yes, the perpetrator did commit an act to shame or humiliate and degrade or shame. 

Tyler Clementi was a young guy with his own relationship, minding his own business; living his life. He had a right to live his life however he chose and with whomever he chose. 

This sentence of 30 days and probation is a slap on the wrist to people who violate someone else's civil rights. This will lead to more violations of civil rights because everyone will expect to get a slap on the wrist if caught. 
This creates that everlasting problem that leads to exploitation of people, young or old by others, which eventually leads to crimes against humanity and could result in violence. 

We are a country that have had our share or riots and social issues dealing with racism, degradation, treating people inhumanely and we don't need to carry these ideologies any more.

This verdict has placed bullying and sex exploitation at the bottom of the social priority list. 
If the leaders of this country have amended freedom and civil rights, we should demand that citizens grant the same freedoms and liberties to fellow citizens and suffer the consequences of violating another's civil rights. If not, then we might as well tear up our amendments granting rights of any kind or rewrite them. 

If we continue to ignore providing justice because of bias, hatred, racism, and discrimination in this country, I think it will be the destruction of us as a society.  

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