Moral Cowerdice

Miguel quoted the article Race and the Free-Speech Diversion – The New Yorker in his post below.  I started reading it, and there is one paragraph in it that sticks out in my mind.

“These are not abstractions. And this is where the arguments about the freedom of speech become most tone deaf. The freedom to offend the powerful is not equivalent to the freedom to bully the relatively disempowered. The enlightenment principles that undergird free speech also prescribed that the natural limits of one’s liberty lie at the precise point at which it begins to impose upon the liberty of another.”

I have one response: BULLSHIT!

I would now like to cite precedent:

National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie (1977)

The American Nazi Party wanted to march in Skokie, Illinois.  Why?  Because Skokie had the highest percentage of holocaust survivors of any city in the country (1 in 6 residents).  They were denied the right to march.

The NAZI Party sued and guess who came to their defense.  The ACLU.  Who was their lawyer?  Burton Joseph, a JEWISH lawyer who’s parent ran a business as caretakers of Jewish cemeteries.  The Supreme Court found for the NAZI Pary in a 5-4 decision.  Who was one of the Justices who argued for the majority decision?  The first African-American Justice to the US Supreme Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall.

THAT IS THE BEST OF AMERICA RIGHT THERE.  A Jewish lawyer defending the freedom of speech for NAZIs, upheld by a black Justice.  Two minorities who showed their mettle by proclaiming the right to freedom of speech and peaceably assemble was more important than feelings.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

What does the NYT have as a retort?  Safe Spaces, were only certain opinions, races, or sexual orientations are allowed.  The NYT is doing a damn fine job upholding the great Democrat tradition of segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”  

Update:

The protest group Concerned Student 1950 – named for the year that Mizzou admitted its first black student – has just instituted segregation  on campus.  George Wallace would be proud.

3 Replies to “Moral Cowerdice”

    1. Depends on who Mummy and Daddy are. For some, a nice job at a non profit with a six figure salary. For others, the coffee shop counter and a six figure student load debt.




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