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Harvard Law grad: History of free speech ‘racist’ and ‘oppressive,’ concept needs a ‘second look’

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Recent Harvard Law School graduate Kendra Albert (who uses the pronoun “they”) says the average person who flippantly uses legal words outside of the legal realm “lose[s] sight of the often discriminatory history” of such terminology.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Albert dubs such terms “legal talismans” — a “legal term of art, out of place, invoked to make or justify substantive decisions that do not involve formal legal processes.”

Common legal talismans, “they” say,  are “free speech” and “defamation,” the latter of which “hides deeply sexist, racist, and whorephobic, which means ‘anti-sex worker,’ connotations.”

When people “casually reference” such terminology, they’re ignoring the lingo’s “prejudicial histories,” Albert notes. – READ MORE

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