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Etienne Toussaint on Blackness as Fighting Words

Season 1, Ep. 714

In this episode, Etienne C. Toussaint, Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, discusses his article "Blackness as Fighting Words," which is published in the Virginia Law Review Online. Toussaint begins by explaining how the First Amendment "fighting words" doctrine resonates with Black experience of policing and racial injustice. He observes that the state and the police treat blackness and Black dissent as a form of fighting words, excluded from protection. And he reflects on what it means for how we think about speech in relation to other constitutional rights. Toussaint is on Twitter at @EtienneT_Esq.

This episode was hosted by Maybell Romero, Felder-Fayard Associate Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law. Romero is on Twitter at @MaybellRomero.

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