Another integrity test for the biased and rotting American Civil Liberties Union. According to their long-standing mission, coming to the defense of two students being prosecuted for saying bad word would be automatic. So far, though, not a peep. Will the ACLU stand up for the Bill of Rights when the breach is so clear?
I’m not holding my breath.
In Houma, Louisiana, Two high school students have been arrested and accused of hate crimes after video circulated on social media of them using the term “nigger” on the high school grounds. Their words were not directed at any individual, yet they face charges of inciting a riot, hate crimes, and cyberbullying.
You can’t do this, you know. The government can’t punish anyone criminally for mere words, and it doesn’t matter what they are. OK, you have my obligatory agreement that “nigger” is a haeful epithet (when used as an epithet) and it’s use cannot be condoned and shouldn’t be encouraged or ignored, yadayada, but if that’s the reason almost nobody is pointing out the more essential truth that the Constitution protects us from sanctions by the government for ugly, mean, hateful or controversial speech, a lttle emedial instruction on core civil liberties is greatly neededd.
Yoooo Hooo! ACLU-hooo! Where the hell are you-hoo?
Consider this news report about the incident from the local Fox News–you know, the supposedly conservative one?—outlet. It tells us that…
- “It’s disgusting, it’s terrible,” said Lt. Travis Theriot with Houma Police. “That’s absolutely [not] something that this police department nor this town condones.”
They don’t have to condone it, but they cannot show their disapproval by using government authority. First Amendment 101.
“Superintendent Bubba Orgeron says the video displays despicable language and thoughts. ‘This type of behavior and disgusting display of content will never be tolerated by our school system,’ Orgeron said in a statement.” Maybe the school can punish the students for conduct on the school grounds and for denigrating other students in such a way that it risks interfering with the educational process. Maybe. But not for their thoughts and opinions, and not using the criminal system.
- “’In my previous 16 years, there was nothing to this magnitude,’ said Roosevelt Thomas, a former school board member. ‘I thought those days and time were gone, but evidently you have some people who still seem to have a different impression of people and want to call them different names.’”
….as they have every right to do, you totalitarian asshole. Is a re-education center next? This community really seems to think that the government can and should punish citizens “who still seem to have a different impression of people and want to call them different names.’
- “The most important thing, I think, it sends a message to the community, from the school standpoint that it won’t be tolerated and from law enforcement that it won’t be tolerated also,” said Jerome Boykin, President of the Terrebonne Parish chapter of the NAACP.
The message it sends is that speech and opinions are being punished by the government, so watch out what you say. The school has limited jurisdiction to punish language (but never opinions) and law enforcement has none.
Meanwhile, in the Fox story, there is no explanation at all about the government abuse of rights occurring here, and that is much, much more important than a couple of stupid kids showing off.
Just checked the ACLU website again under “Free Speech” news. Nothing.
First they cam for the kids that said “nigger,” and I did nothing, because it’s a bad word.
Then they came for the adults who said “Let’s Go Brandon,” and I did nothing, because they’re assholes…
Then they came for me, because I said I thought affirmative action was wrong and that prices were too high…