Re: Casual Racism in The Register?
"I listed clearly racist claims and sought to justify them with claimed stats"
But they aren't clearly racist (at the group level) if the stats stack up. I know that sometimes the stats pretty much collapse under their own weight as soon as you even ask what they are, but often it is not.
Freedom of speech is a way of allowing a non-obvious (or just plain unpopular) viewpoint enough time to present supporting evidence and if you have reason to expect that you'll be shouted down almost immediately then calling for freedom of speech at the end of your first sentence is quite sensible. It doesn't imply that you doubt your own arguments, merely that you expect others to doubt them at first.