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Allowing Hateful Assembly

The government must protect both First Amendment rights and public safety, but this balance proves trickier when people use these rights to preach hatred that threatens others. Local officials spark legal battles when they limit a march by Nazis in Skokie, Ill., and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

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Duration
60-90 minutes
Topic(s)
  • Constitution
  • Current Events
  • Protests
  • Supreme Court
Grade(s)
  • 7-12
  • College/University

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Should we protect hate speech?

HISTORICAL ORIGINS
Skokie Case Study Teaser
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1977: Marching With Symbols of Hate

A political group modeled on the Nazis plans a protest in Skokie, Ill., a community with a large Jewish population and many Holocaust survivors.

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CONTEMPORARY CONSIDERATIONS

2018: Revisiting a Deadly Rally

A group of neo-Nazis and white supremacists seeks to hold a rally in Charlottesville, Va., a year after their previous protest ended in violence and the death of a counterprotester.

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