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The ACLU and Charlottesville: Should the ACLU Defend White Supremacists?
The ACLU should stop defending the free speech rights of white supremacists.
The ACLU defends the peaceful exercise of rights. The tendency for white supremacy demonstrators to
causes them to fall outside the traditional purview of the ACLU.
The current white supremacist movement has reached a level of power and influence that makes it no longer acceptable to support in any form, even a principled one.
The ACLU frequently objects when one person's exercise of a right infringes on the rights of another. White supremacy demonstrations infringe on other people's rights to feel safe and not be persecuted.
Support for white supremacy movements has recently caused a
decline in donations
to the ACLU.
Given the current political climate, such a departure from their past would be seen as a partisan move and thus delegitimize the ACLU.
The ACLU exists to protect rights, not to judge the exercise of those rights, and has defended White Supremacy groups for decades to that end.
All speech, regardless of its content, should be protected.
If defending everyone equally, to access illusive fundamental justice is it's mandate, then defending white supremacist will support that mandate.
Restricting the free speech of hate groups will spur an increase in both the strength and numbers of these movements.
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