Thursday, August 10, 2017

Freedom Of Representation

When a lawyer doesn't want to do his job:
“Though his ability to speak is protected by the First Amendment, I don’t believe in protecting principle for the sake of principle in all cases,” Strangio wrote. “His actions have consequences for people that I care about and for me. The norms that we establish through the people we validate, contribute to the disturbingly common attacks on Black people, immigrants, trans people, women and others.”

“And yes, the First Amendment is critical in protecting the ability of marginalized communities to protest, mobilize and build power. But it has already been eroded for those communities,” Strangio added.

Ironically, Strangio’s dispute against the ACLU’s stance will only erode the First Amendment that much further. Should Milo lose his right to free speech, so too will everyone else whose words are deemed too dangerous by those in power.

“The ACLU has a long history of representing despicable people in the service of protecting valuable First Amendment principles and in some cases I support decisions that have been made and in other cases I do not. Here I do not,” Strangio wrote, speaking of the ACLU’s lawsuit for Yiannopoulos, which also includes the ACLU, PETA, and abortion medication provider Carafem.
I guess "despicable" only goes so far...

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