1. First Introduction: The Skokie Affair
5. Displaying the “Swastika”
9. Concentration Camps vs. I.C.E. Detention Facilities
11. Post-Script: Resources
The N.S.P.A.'s plan was to demonstrate on public property in Skokie for twenty minutes, while limiting the number of protesters to 25. They stated that they had no plans to speak, nor distribute leaflets, and no intention to break the laws.
3. Insurance, Permits, and the “Heckler's Veto”
According to the N.S.P.A. and its lawyers, the village of Skokie “failed to show that it has any cause to believe that any illegal activity would result from” the N.S.P.A.'s demonstration”. To say such a thing may well be pragmatic and legally accurate, but that does not mean that is morally correct or advisable. It does the people of Skokie no service, that its representatives in local government are willing to take the National Socialist Party of America at its word that it doesn't intend to do anything illegal, or cause violence (or incite a mob to riot, etc.). To take the neo-Nazi group at its word, risks endangering the people.
4. Public Property, Private Property, and Privacy
It is one thing to ask the public to sit at home and ignore the N.S.P.A. while it petitioned for the right to march. And that is what happened, according to the film Skokie. But what the film failed to show, was the fact that Skokie cops, and Skokie city workers, were expected to do the work necessary to allow that march to happen. Skokie residents had to pay taxes to pay those people.
To speak directly to the issue of expecting privacy while in public: There is a way to get privacy in public; it's to mask or disguise oneself.
I hope I have shown that there are non-violent ways to dissuade and prevent Nazis from marching and from communicating their ideals, without either 1) watering-down a message which ought to stay dangerous in order to preserve the truth, or else 2) prohibiting the march or communication outright, through plans to enforce police orders and commit legally sanctioned violence. Nazis should be free to communicate their ideas, but that does not mean that they should be free to communicate those ideas wherever and whenever they please, and on public property, especially without asking permission. Again, not that permission can make a Nazi march morally permissible – it can't – but refraining from asking permission would have been especially insulting and provocative.
Many of the immigration policies currently enforced by Trump – many of which were begun under Barack Obama – should absolutely be prepared to concentration camps, without hesitation.
I mean seriously, when I hear "Should the Nazis be allowed to march in public?", I just think, "What? The war's not over?"
If they're intent on marching on public property, they'll do it. If they insist on asking for permission, then don't give them permission! Let them fly those flags on their own property, so that we know where they live. And if you decide to let them march: 1) take the opportunity to regulate the march, and do it wisely, if they hand that opportunity to you; and 2) do it to let them show who they are, right there in the open, so we can get them in our sights.
11. Post-Script: Resources
Based on notes taken on July 21st, 22nd, and 24th
Written on July 25th and 26th, 2019
Edited and Expanded on July 27th, 2019