Beyond the Burning Cross: A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment
Does our abhorrence of racism allow us to ban certain forms of speech? This is the simple yet subversive question that Edward J. Cleary posed to the U.S. Supreme Court when, in 1991, he defended a white student who had burned a cross on a black family's lawn in St. Paul, Minnesota, violating a local ordinance against hate crimes. As a progressive, Cleary detested everything his client stood for. But in this compelling argued book he describes how he overturned the St. Paul ordinance—and convinced the Court to rule that "burning a cross is reprehensible. But St. Paul has sufficient means...to prevent such behavior without adding the First Amendment to the fire."
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A burning cross, placed on the lawn of a black family living in a white neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, led to the enactment of a sweeping "hate crimes" ordinance. Under this regulation's ... Read full review
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Edward J. Cleary
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