I’m sorry, but as an American, I cannot support just simply saying “inward” as being “hate speech”. Call me arrogant, brutish, ignorant, or whatever.
Second, it’s a word, not a weapon, not a tool, not an overreaching, totalitarian government. Inward is just a word.
Its original use was marred and tarnished with respect to history, and I get that some people are very sensitive to that. But, at the end of the day, it’s a word. It’s insulting to intelligence that people can’t say it with respect to context or quotation without sounding silly.
Plus, this whole “bad word” thing gets debunked in High School, does it not? You can cut someone down with perfectly clean words.
Also, giving credence to a group or race as the only ones allowed to use Inward or whatever else, lends itself to viewing them as superior, which is by definition racism. You don’t have to hate someone to be a racist, but viewing yourself as superior to other races is racism, I would argue.