…e idea that maybe some group is subhuman, because people evidently are unsure enough to discuss it. Legitimizing the dehumanization of others as a debate benefits one group only: those who wish to dehumanize. As a result, in such a conversation, it doesn’t even matter what they say; the arguments can be utter nonsense or change every minute. They get their desired benefit from the simple fact that the conversation is being had, and being granted legitimacy. There is no meaningful speech remedy to that.
Fundraising campaigns rely on internet access, the ability to take good photographs and write compelling text and reach over social networks. Some of the people in the greatest need don’t have the ability to do those things. For every GoFundMe success story, there are hundreds of others who never meet their goals. And thousands more — people in poverty, people who don’t speak English — don’t have access to the platform at all.