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“The Freedom to Be Racist?”

Erik Bleich, Political Science

I am currently writing a book entitled “The Freedom to Be Racist?” which examines how liberal democracies have balanced their commitment to freedom with their opposition to racism. It looks at how countries such as Britain, France, Germany, and the United States have enacted and enforced restrictions against racist speech, associations, and motives. It argues that there have been significant restrictions on the freedom to be racist in many countries over the past few decades that should be the subject of extensive debate.

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