This is law as poetry as freedom as truth. The way great court decisions should be written. Thank you, Calluma Blue.
Children are safeguarding my ability to write this. They went to jail for me, for you, for Blacks in particular but for all Americans generally. “Black Lives Matter” was what they conveyed. It wasn’t just a slogan. It was an action. Their presence in the street, disrupting business as usual and changing the conversation, spoke symbolically for them: BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Their pure speech (sitting down in the street, blocking traffic, symbolically saying “Black Lives Matter”) was shut down by the system which took it sensitively to heart as if the criminal justice system were a tender orchid. This happened on July 8, 2016 in Rochester New York.
William Brandeis wrote of the founding fathers, “They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927).
The protesters in the Black Lives Matter movement know…
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