Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by JasonL » 02 Jul 2018, 13:55

I think you are giving them a pass on what is clearly a formal shift in philosophy.

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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by Warren » 02 Jul 2018, 14:03

Fin Fang Foom wrote:
02 Jul 2018, 13:42
I think you all are making too big a deal about where a private organization is spending it's limited resources in a time when it is being pressed on all fronts.
I don't see how the latter mitigates the former. If anything it's an aggravating factor.
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Post by thoreau » 02 Jul 2018, 14:07

If I want to see a private organization spend resources supporting my priorities then I should find one that shares my priorities and donate to them. Meanwhile i should shut up about free speech and let the DEMAND KURVE settle this.
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by JasonL » 02 Jul 2018, 14:17

This is not like hating the implicit Jesus when buying a chicken sandwich, it’s like hating the chicken sandwich.

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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by lunchstealer » 02 Jul 2018, 14:55

The thing is that the ACLU has traditionally defended Nazis and the Klan because those are the edge cases where nasty precedents get set that then get applied to much more sympathetic speakers. If you wait to defend speakers until you get to sympathetic cases, the damage will be done and you'll have a much harder time getting around the holes that were chipped in the First Amendment while the ACLU was being picky with its limited resources.
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by Jennifer » 04 Aug 2018, 14:48

Ugh, this is ungood. I'm sure I'm second to nobody at this forum, regarding my utter loathing of catcallers and those who defend them -- but I've never called for it to be made illegal, whereas yesterday the ACLU posted (and then swiftly deleted) a tweet suggesting they have different ideas: NPR tweeted a story/headline saying "Catcalling is now a crime in France, and is punishable by fines of up to 750 Euros (more than $870)," and someone on the ACLU Twitter feed re-tweeted that with the comment "Your move, America."

https://reason.com/blog/2018/08/03/aclu ... eech-tweet
As obnoxious as catcalling is, the government simply can't prevent men from talking to women in public. This is something that many anti-catcalling groups understand explicitly, which is why they often oppose attempts criminalize such behavior.

So it's pretty telling that the ACLU could forget, even for a moment, that banning catcalling would be a significant blow to civil liberties, and would likely undermine other important goals, like criminal justice reform. (In the U.S. at least, the government would disproportionately arrest poor people, immigrants, and people of color for catcalling.)

Yes, I am aware that a single tweet does not indicate a broad structural shift in the ACLU's thinking: most likely this was done by one social media editor. I am still astonished that such a person—someone who is deeply confused about what the ACLU ostensibly stands for—would find themselves in the position of running the ACLU's Twitter feed. Did free speech not come up during the job interview?
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by thoreau » 04 Aug 2018, 15:18

OTOH, I did get a pretty personalized and candid response from the ACLU President when I wrote to her about free speech concerns. I think there are plenty of people there still fighting the good fight. But it is baffling to me that somebody who is OK with speech codes would even WANT a job doing social media for the ACLU.
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by Hugh Akston » 04 Aug 2018, 15:34

To be fair, that tweet was deleted. So I imagine the communications underboss had to take the social media intern aside and explain to her that advocating for speech bans is the opposite of what the ACLU does.
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by Jennifer » 04 Aug 2018, 15:38

Hugh Akston wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 15:34
To be fair, that tweet was deleted.
I did mention that. But, as Thoreau said, it's weird that anyone who'd get a job (or an internship) at the ACLU would've wanted to make such a tweet in the first place. It's like someone at an atheist organization tweeting "America always has been and always must be a Christian nation" -- if you believe that, why the hell do you have the job you do?
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by Kolohe » 04 Aug 2018, 16:57

I mean, I'm not going to fault an intern for only slightly misreading the room.
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by Mo » 04 Aug 2018, 17:36

Maybe it’s different in the media world, but in the normal part of the private sector, social media people don’t know fuck all what the core of the company does.
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Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Post by thoreau » 04 Aug 2018, 17:49

Mo wrote:Maybe it’s different in the media world, but in the normal part of the private sector, social media people don’t know fuck all what the core of the company does.
This is true.
Kolohe wrote:I mean, I'm not going to fault an intern for only slightly misreading the room.
I suppose the social media intern might be a communications major who took the job because they want a career in communications, not civil liberties activism. Maybe all they know is that the ACLU is, like, liberal and stuff.

But if the kid is pre-law, I'm going to cry.
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