As someone who has run discussion sites for 22 years, I can tell you that the "celebrate free speech" world you're fighting for isn't what you think it would be. It isn't a glorious marketplace of ideas. It's a cesspool of the worst people doing the worst things for the lulz.
There isn't a user here who would want to run a site like that. It would scar your soul.
It can be done if it's a priority ...
Hate Crime Training for Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent
Only a fraction of bias crimes ever get reported. Fewer still get successfully prosecuted. Perhaps the widespread lack of training for frontline officers has something to do with that.
Hate crimes in America have made no shortage of headlines over the last year as the country has once more confronted its raw and often violent racial, religious and political divisions. Just how few hate crimes get formally reported and analyzed has shocked many. Fewer still get successfully prosecuted, a fact that has provoked frustration among some elected officials and law enforcement agencies.
But the widespread lack of training for frontline officers in how to handle potential hate crimes, if no great surprise, might actually be the criminal justice system's most basic failing. There is, after all, little way to either accurately tabulate or aggressively prosecute hate crimes if the officers in the street don't know how to identify and investigate them.
Hate crimes are not, by and large, simple to deal with. Different states identify different categories of people to be protected under their laws. And the authorities must prove not only guilt, but intent. It isn't enough to find fingerprints on a weapon. The authorities must explore a suspect's state of mind, and then find ways of corroborating it.
"Hate crimes are so nuanced and the laws can be so complex. You're trying to deal with the motivation of a crime," said Liebe Geft, director of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, which has for years provided training to officers as expert consultants.
"Thirty minutes in the academy is not enough," Geft said.
Law enforcement leaders point to several factors to explain, if not justify, the lack of emphasis on training for hate crimes.
While the offenses can be dramatic and highly disturbing -- like the incident earlier this year in which a white supremacist impaled an African-American man with an 18-inch sword in New York's Times Square -- they represent a very small percentage of the nation's overall crime.
Working with often limited budgets, police officials have to make difficult decisions about what to prioritize during training, and hate crimes can lose out.
That said, the events of the last 18 months, driven in great part by the racially charged presidential campaign of 2016, seem to suggest an adjustment of priorities might be in order.
I don't think it's unrealistic to say that law enforcement -- in cooperation with twitter, google, and facebook -- that something can be done law enforcement wise about hate groups who hide in plain site on social media.
The pro-publica link also points out how state police and national guardsmen stood by passively at Charlottesville -- that's a training issue.