The ACLU has had a spotty track record in recent years, but now 200 staffers have gone so far as to sign an open letter condemning the universal right to free speech.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been around since 1920, with a commitment to protect people’s fundamental rights, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. In the same decade, the ACLU began working alongside the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the organization has been actively defending the rights of civil rights, anti-war, pro-war, and all varieties of protesters ever since. The ACLU even went to bat to ensure the rights of the tiki-torchers in Charlottesville were not infringed upon, despite the near-universal derision towards Nazis. Of course, defending unpopular speech is the whole point, since popular speech doesn’t need protection. That critical fact is lost on a worrying number of ACLU staffers, however, as demonstrated by 200 signatures on an open letter condemning the universal right to free speech. Read more