B - (B Racism and its legacy exists today serve as the lasting effects of what America used to be Although public racism was not as severe as it was 50

B - (B Racism and its legacy exists today serve as the...

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(B) Racism and its legacy exists today serve as the lasting effects of what America used to be . Although public racism was not as severe as it was 50 years ago, the reminders of such sentiments are alive through hate crimes . In 1990, on the lawn of a fellow American family burned a cross constructed from broken leg chairs, an accurate depiction of such a crime is its heinous intentions but what makes this crime controversial is the lawn where the cross burned belonged to an African-American family . The case was brought before the Supreme Court where it is now famously known as R . A . V . v . St . Paul . The cross-burner claimed his actions were constitutional under the fact that his content of cross-burning was political speech . The district courts asserted that his content was not political . Justice Scalia delivered the majority opinion where they overturned St . Paul’s ordinance and stated that it was unconstitutional . There were a variety of responses to Scalia’s opinion of the R . A . V . case . Mari Matsuda and Charles Laurence penned a critique of his opinion in “Word Which Wound: Burning and the R .

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