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Constitutional Protection for Dangerous Speech?

  • Does the First Amendment protect hateful speech that might incite violence?
  • Famous Supreme Court ruling on limits of dangerous speech began with arrest of 1964 arrest of KKK member Clarence Brandenburg

In 1964, Clarence Brandenburg, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, addressed a small Klan rally in Hamilton County, Ohio. "The n----- should be returned to Africa, the Jew returned to Israel," bellowed Brandenburg. "If our President, our Congress, our Supreme Court continues to suppress the white, Caucasian race, it's possible that there might have to be some revengence taken."492/">revealed its decision.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves; that's the end of the story, not the beginning.