This from New York Times reporter Joe Goldstein caught our eye:
200+ ACLU staffers signed a letter saying the group's "rigid stance" defending hate speech undermines racial justice https://t.co/UJCQwb1Bho
— Joe Goldstein (@JoeKGoldstein) October 5, 2017
The letter was provided to the NYT by former A.C.L.U. board member Michael Meyers:
That question that has cut fault lines though the A.C.L.U., with a group of staff members sending an open letter taking issue with the organization’s longstanding work of defending white supremacists in free speech cases. “Our broader mission — which includes advancing the racial justice guarantees in the Constitution and elsewhere, not just the First Amendment — continues to be undermined by our rigid stance,” says the letter, which a former member of the A.C.L.U.’s board, Michael Meyers, provided to The Times. About 200 staff members — the A.C.L.U. has about 1,300 full-time employees — signed onto the letter, according to a spokeswoman.
“This letter has to be seen for what it is — a repudiation of free-speech principles,” Mr. Meyers said.
Glenn Greenwald adds that suppressing speech doesn’t even have the effect these 200 idiots want it to have:
This whole ACLU debate is predicated on view that censoring/suppressing bad speech weakens its proponents. It doesn't: the opposite happens.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 5, 2017
At least most of the replies get it:
I guess now we need some kind of union devoted to civil liberties in America
— Michael Gebert (@skyfullofbacon) October 5, 2017
Defending popular speech is kind of boring. Isn't it?
— Dave Kleikamp (@ShaggyKC) October 5, 2017
Ah, just what we need, The American Curated Liberties Union
— Rick Rubin (@rubindesigns) October 5, 2017
And maybe it’s time for these 200 employees to find a new job:
If you prize certain policy goals above the dispassionate defense of civil rights, maybe the ACLU isn't the group for you https://t.co/VKbvEUEwzd
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 5, 2017
Those 200 staffers should find an organization that more closely aligns with their point of view.
— Daniel Murphy (@obscuranta) October 5, 2017
200+ ACLU staffer should find employment elsewhere https://t.co/pKpWBLtq6h
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 5, 2017
Because OF COURSE! ACLU sides with traitor Chelsea Manning https://t.co/CDaeLSh6Td
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 15, 2017
MAD DOG Jenna Jameson slams the ACLU, triggers gaggle of SJW millennial men (makes one cry!) https://t.co/sRO4PJdL48
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 27, 2017
'Go home ACLU, you're drunk.' ACLU goes on bizarre rant about how the South WON the Civil War https://t.co/iTEeQc8Zih
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 25, 2017