Shaming is not censorship

04/12/2014 9:04 AM

04/14/2014 9:27 AM

Re "Expelling Eich, other enemies of the People" (Viewpoints, April 12): Shaming public figures is neither censorship nor a violation of any person's free speech rights.

Did Ben Boychuk miss high school civics class? Freedom of speech has always been about the freedom from government action. We fear censorship from government.

However, people using shame and humiliation in the case of public figures who make poor choices is a truly American way of pushing those public figures to do the right thing.

Mr. Eich has the right to his feelings and may make whatever statements and contributions he wishes, but his actions will draw reactions.

What black person is his right mind would patronize a KKK-owned business? What Jewish person in her right mind would patronize a neo-Nazi owned business?

Shame on Mr. Eich for his actions and for not apologizing.

-- Michael Kelly, Sacramento

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