White nationalist flyers found in Vermont libraries

White nationalist flyers found in Vermont libraries


UNCOMFORTABLE TO READ — ARE
THEY ILLEGAL? OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS FLYERS
LIKE THIS HAVE BEEN FOUND INSIDE
BOOKS AT LIBRARIES AT
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, SOUTHERN
VERMONT COLLEGE AND IN RUTLAND,
TO NAME A FEW. IT QUOTES BIBLICAL VERSES, AND
PICTURES THE CONFEDERATE FLAG,
EVEN THOUGH THE WHITE
NATIONALIST MESSAGE MAY BE
FORMER PROSECUTOR JERRY O’NEILL
OFFENSIVE — SAYS THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT IS A LEGAL.>>IT IS NOT A CRIMINAL ACT. IT IS PROTECTED BY THE FIRST
AMENDMENT. IT DOESN’T SPECIFICALLY THREATEN
A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE. OFFENSIVE DOES NOT QUALIFY AS
CRIMINAL. JENNIFER: ON WEDNESDAY RACIST
FLYERS WERE FOUND ON CARS
OUTSIDE THE KOHL’S DEPARTMENT
STORE IN WEST LEBANON — OVER
THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS SIMILAR
POSTERS AND FLYERS HAVE BEEN LEFT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN THE
AREA INCLUDING UNIVERSITY OF
VERMONT’S CAMPUS AND SUNY
PLATTSURGH.>>MOST OF THE TIME, THE PEOPLE
WHO PLACE THESE FLYERS HAVE
NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COLLEGE
OR THE UNIVERSITY. THEY ARE OUTSIDERS WHO WERE
USING THE OPENNESS OF THE
COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TO PUT UP
THEIR HATEFUL FLYERS. JENNIFER: THIS FORM OF FREEDOM
OF SPEECH MAY NEVER BE
PROSECTUED, BUT IF YOU SPOT IT,
SHOULD YOU TRASH IT OR REPORT
IT?>>I RECOMMEND THE TRASH. THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO GIVE IT TO
THE LIBRARIAN BECAUSE THE
LIBRARIAN PROBABLY WANTS TO SEE
IT TO BE ABLE TO SEE IF THERE
ARE OTHERS AROUND THE LIBRARY

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