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EDITORIAL: Free speech isn’t always smart speech

As a newspaper, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are essential for our ability to function and serve our purpose.

However, just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.

If the Press published outrageous and inflammatory material it would damage our reputation and credibility as a news source.

When Koree Reed posted his controversial song “The Truth” to the web, he was exercising his first amendment rights. It is true that the government will not protect threats, but that is only if there is a chance that they will be acted upon.

Koree Reed probably isn’t dangerous and he probably won’t act upon the supposed threats he put in his song. Especially since he’s away at college right now in Pennsylvania. That means that what he called “artistic expression” was protected by the constitution.

Setting aside the legality of the matter, Reed should be embarrassed by what he did. He put out a tasteless, vulgar and angry song that reflects poorly on him as a person.

Hip hop has a long history of rappers who deliver socially conscious lyrics that are meant as a form of protest. Reed’s song did not embody that spirit of the genre at all.

While Reed has a right to post his song to the web, that doesn’t mean it was a smart decision and it certainly doesn’t mean we should pay him any mind.

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