Should the alt-right be allowed to hold rallies in Portland? | The Tylt
Should the alt-right be allowed to hold rallies in Portland?
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says his city has a proud history of protest, and while he is a strong supporter of the First Amendment, allowing a demonstration by alt-right and white supremacist agitators is simply too dangerous right now.
I asked the federal government to revoke the permit for an event scheduled Sunday in downtown Portland based on serious public safety concerns. While this planned demonstration is constitutional, it is highly irresponsible.
The director of the Oregon ACLU acknowledged his organization's defense of the alt-right group's right to rally is enormously unpopular, but argues that allowing them to be censored will eventually threaten "the First Amendment rights of oppressed communities and our activists."
We do not believe the government should censor anyone – even those people whose messages disgust us. It is a very dangerous and slippery slope. Do we really want government to determine what is legitimate, appropriate, and safe speech? The same government currently led by a president and attorney general who called Black Lives Matter terrorists last year?
The federal government would have to revoke the permit for the alt-right rally, and thus far it has refused to do so.
The federal government won't revoke permit for alt-right "free speech" rally in downtown Portland. Event will proceed Sunday. Story coming. pic.twitter.com/8NjBrI6Whj