Internal Divisions Plague The ACLU As Leftist Activism Trumps Free Speech Advocacy

Internal Divisions Plague The ACLU As Leftist Activism Trumps Free Speech Advocacy


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization whose original mission was to defend free speech, is currently facing internal divisions as adherence to liberal causes takes precedence over their support for the First Amendment.

Concern is mounting as progressivism comes into conflict with the ACLU’s original values, with many on the left fearing that free speech, rather than existing as a neutral value of a free society, is a vehicle by which those they disagree with can peddle hate and intolerance. 

Others on the left have argued that the First Amendment is more frequently used by those who are seeking to maintain their current power, with Dennis Parker, the ACLU’s former director of the Racial Justice Program telling The New York Times “First Amendment protections are disproportionately enjoyed by people of power and privilege.”

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David Goldberger, a Jewish lawyer who defended the free speech rights of Nazis in the 1970s, has become uneasy at the direction of the

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