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Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Challenge, citizenship, community, conflict, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, Education, Ethics, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, Ideology, law, Politics, solidarity, Spirituality, Tolerance
My reaction was pretty typical to the recent scandal about the racist slogans chanted by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at Oklahoma University (OU) at Norman and the companion video of the SAE house-mother repeating a racist slur: kick them out of OU, fire the house-mother, and dissolve the fraternity immediately. At that point, I was -- I freely admit -- feeling with my glands instead of reasoning with my brain. So I began to use the latter to think the issue through more dispassionately from a constitutional and First Amendment standpoint.  In the end, my glands were vindicated ... sort of:  my original reaction was right, just for the wrong reasons. Regarding the recitation of the racist chant on the bus, there are two broad possibilities, each with somewhat diff