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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 30. Does the Constitution Protect Hate Speech?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43590


Even hate-filled speech enjoys protection under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. But if the government protects such speech, it likely infringes on the rights of those to whom the speech is aimed— their 14th Amendment right to equal protection. Thus, when such cases come to the U.S. Supreme Court, they are quite difficult to decide.

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  • Timothy R. Johnson ( - trjohnson) 'University of Minnesota'