Sez me. I was here a long time before hurtful speech was a public issue. I've watched the changes take place. There was a marked improvement in public discourse, advertising, the depiction of stereotypes in popular entertainment, the accommodation of disabled persons, discrimination, harassment and scapegoating in work-places. Then came the backlash, and I'm seeing a speedy deterioration in all those areas, an increase in violence against women and minorities. Because bigots insist on their "rights", and there are political factions that thrive on bigotry, we're sinking into incivility and social strife. This will not end well.