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LAWSO 1 February 1, 2007
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Today’s Objectives Regulation of offensive speech – Nielsen’s License to Harass How the law may reinforce (rather than challenge) existing racism, sexism, and elitism Define legal consciousness How does this relate to the laws on speech?
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Law and Social Change What role does law play in reinforcing existing class, racial and gender hierarchies? “Law legitimates, rather than condemns, offensive public speech” (p. 176). What’ s the law “supposed” to do (purpose of the law) in cases of offensive public
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Unformatted text preview: speech? Hate Speech • R.A.V. v City of St Paul • Virginia v Black (2003) – Virginia ordinance prohibiting cross burning is NOT a violation of the 1 st Amendment. – Why? Legal consciousness • Why do people disfavor legal regulation to remedy street harassment? • Before the law – 1 st Amendment • With the Law – the law would fail to remedy racial & gender inequalities • Against the law – laws used against those whom they were intended to protect First Quiz • October 16 th in first 20 minutes of class....
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