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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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The Day of the Cross

The Day of the Cross

(p.183) 23 The Day of the Cross
Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer

Rodney A. Smolla

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts the call to conscience issued by Congregate Charlottesville, Black Lives Matter, and their allies, coupled with the ugly events in Charlottesville at the Ku Klux Klan rally on July 8. It mentions the sense of personal accountability for the storm of hate speeches that occurred in Charlottesville for several months. It also points out that the Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee statues were all erected during the Jim Crow years, in brazen defiance of the dignity of blacks. The chapter explains how the Lee and Jacksons monuments are suffused with the righteousness of the South's cause during the Civil War, which was slavery. It discusses the most intense hate speech in America known as cross burning, a symbolic ritual long associated with the Ku Klux Klan.

Keywords:   Congregate Charlottesville, Black Lives Matter, Ku Klux Klan rally, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, hate speeches, cross burning, slavery

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