In the name of upholding the US Constitution's First Amendment (protecting speech) the ACLU has consistently supported the expression of hate by groups that we now call the "alt-right". But, let's call them what they are: White Supremicists. Isn't it time to be outspoken and question any tacit agreements to neo-Nazi beliefs that the ACLU has provided? Isn't it time to stop this? When a group of armed thugs gathers to shout racial slurs and threatening language, this is no longer "speech" and should not be protected. in fact, a number of European countries & others around the world have outlawed hate speech & behavior, notably (and to no one's surprise) Germany.
We, the US left, the antifascists, the progressives, should also begin calling this what it is a stop thinking it allowable "Free Speech" & should be tolerated. In this regard, Mayor Wheeler was correct a few months ago when he questioned permitting for a rally of white supremicists who did ultimately gather downtown in front of the Federal Building. Wheeler was denounced at the time, but his instincts & consideration was absolutely correct. An armed group chanting hateful slogans is DIRECTLY & explicitly threatening to people's lives (Black, Latino, women, LGBTQ, non-Christians, etc) and they longer deserve to be protected & coddled by any of us.