Being racist, or displaying any other bigotry, is a free speech right but will likely piss off your employer, turn away support from sponsors and reduce the customer/fan base resulting in your employment being terminated (just ask Paula Deen). You can exercise a right and still suffer non-gov't consequences. It is also a right to comment negatively upon the actions, ethnicity, appearance or religion of a stranger but you may well expect to get some lumps and bumps from doing so.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
I think the poll creates a false dichotomy. The idea that something is either a right or should be illegal is flawed. Loads of things aren't rights but are obviously not illegal.
I'm not convinced being racist (as an the internal attitude and opinion) is an active choice anyway. Someone either is or isn't. You can take conscious actions to try to change your opinion (such as getting to know individuals in the group you object to) but that can only indirectly influence your subconscious conclusions. It's much like religion in that way.
What you choose to do about it is obvious more significant, in general and in law. A lot of actions "inspired" by religion would/should be illegal anyway of course (acts of violence etc.) but there are plenty of racist actions which should be discouraged, with criminal or civil law being one possible tool to aid that (various employment laws being a classic example).
I really dislike the false dichotomy presented in the poll.
Free speech in the United States doesn't mean private corporations can't punish you for what you say regardless of the circumstances. It just means that legislators can't pass legislation that prohibits free speech.IMO firing someone for being a racist is anti American and flies in the face of free speech.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
They are simply willing to deny the obvious when it stares them in the face. Luckily, I was a Lib who was curious and not raised to live lies. Once I saw the truth behind the Leftist, I left the Left. I wonder how these folks stomach it after learning their ideology is corrupt to the core and responsible for almost all the government created ills foisted upon society.
I AM DEPLORABLE.
NEVER CRIMINAL HILLARY (S-NY)
Being a racist is a right. Its also despicable.
Anyway, you have every right to have racist opinions but you don't have the right to act upon them due to anti-discrimination laws.
Yet another stupid poll. There is no right to be a racist. There is an ABILITY to be a racist. No one can stop you from hating other races, they can simply stop you from acting on that hatred.