By Edward J. Cleary
Does our abhorrence of racism let us ban sure kinds of speech? this can be the straightforward but subversive query that Edward J. Cleary posed to the U.S. excellent court docket while, in 1991, he defended a white pupil who had burned a move on a black family's garden in St. Paul, Minnesota, violating an area ordinance opposed to hate crimes. As a revolutionary, Cleary detested every little thing his customer stood for. yet during this compelling argued ebook he describes how he overturned the St. Paul ordinance—and confident the courtroom to rule that "burning a move is reprehensible. yet St. Paul has enough means...to hinder such habit with no including the 1st modification to the fire."
As Cleary retraces his course from St. Paul to the court docket in Washington, he juxtaposes the tales of earlier First modification circumstances with a private account of the not likely alliances (with either the A.C.L.U. and a bunch engaged in protecting the Ku Klux Klan) and antagonisms that grew out of the case. eventually, he indicates us why a legislation that bands expressions of racism is as harmful as a legislation that bans protests opposed to these expressions. In Beyond the Burning Cross, Leary has given us an exceptional insider's record of a watershed occasion in constitutional heritage that's as soaking up as any thriller.
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Beyond the Burning Cross: A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment by Edward J. Cleary