White privilege and free speech, or “The Brandenburg test is sturdy for a theater….when a man falsely cries FIRE! in a crowded theater, his speech is not protected.  Are there no blacks in this theater?  Are there no Jews?”

Tonight, I read about the First Amendment, especially freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.  I read the per curium opinion in Brandenburg v. Ohio. I read the concurrence by Black and Douglas. I read the Memorandum of Opinion of the judge who, over the objection of the city, granted the permit of the white … Continue reading White privilege and free speech, or “The Brandenburg test is sturdy for a theater….when a man falsely cries FIRE! in a crowded theater, his speech is not protected.  Are there no blacks in this theater?  Are there no Jews?”

Wealth-based discrimination: there ought to be a law

I was part of the Housing Group at the Rochester Anti-Poverty Initiative’s planning session last year. We recommended support for a law protecting residents in the City of Rochester against unfairness in housing based on “source of income.” (So, advertisements that say, “No Section 8 NEED apply” would be prohibited. I was very glad to … Continue reading Wealth-based discrimination: there ought to be a law

NeverWar

You get to the picture of the baby, hurting.  He’s inconsolable, he’s existing straight through the worst of it the way kiddos do. But you aren’t one, so you start to walk into the horror: A baby, skin burning from the inside out–napalm you run away from the horror, retreating to safety and soft pretty syllables … Continue reading NeverWar