Its worth thinking about the rush to harshly condemn a Kentucky high school student on the basis of some cellphone images and his red MAGA hat.
The episode, which has produced threats of violence, is both a sign and a cause of our countrys powder keg of political division.
Even the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, which exists to protect the Bill of Rights, quickly tweeted out its disapproval. The ACLU assumed the students from Covington Catholic High School had committed racial intimidation. Yet, as the ACLU well knows, displaying political slogans (including those of our noxious president) and taunting are forms of expression protected by the First Amendment (if, indeed, taunting occurred).
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