Two months after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent, 200 employees of the American Civil Liberties Union have signed a letter saying that the organization’s “rigid stance” on the First Amendment undermines a broader mission that includes commitment to racial justice.
Will the A.C.L.U. rethink its approach to free speech?
On today’s episode:
• Joseph Goldstein, a New York Times reporter who writes about policing and the criminal justice system.
• Abre’ Conner, an A.C.L.U. lawyer in California who signed the letter.
• David A. Goldberger, a former A.C.L.U. lawyer, who defended neo-Nazis in Skokie, Ill., in the 1970s.
• The A.C.L.U.’s defense of the organizer of a white supremacist rally has crystallized a recurring challenge: How to pursue its First Amendment advocacy, even for hate-based groups, without alienating its supporters.
• A question hangs over the organization: What will it do the next time the alt-right seeks the A.C.L.U.’s help?
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Published at Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:37:28 +0000