Charles Lawrence On Racist Speech Summary

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Lawrence Summary The essay, On Racist Speech by Charles R. Lawrence, a law professor at Georgetown University, argues that the first amendment unfortunately gives people the right to be racially bias without them even realizing it. Throughout the essay Lawrence goes on to say that the university should try to protect those who are in fact being victimized by this oversight. He uses factual evidence from the Brown vs. the Board of Education trial by showing that the way people abuse their first amendment rights can damage “the hearts and minds” of African Americans. He goes on to argue that the government can’t create a new law that would take away racist speech without taking away basic rights to freedom of speech. In his final argument he

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