Marquette Warrior: More on the People Who Don’t Like “Warriors”

Thursday, May 26, 2005

More on the People Who Don’t Like “Warriors”

Yes, the same racial hustlers who don’t like “Warriors” also don’t like Columbus Day:
DENVER - The Denver City Attorney dropped charges against protesters who blocked the Columbus Day Parade, after eight organizers argued that the celebration of Columbus represents hate speech and encourages the theft of land and loss of language and culture in Indian country.
If anybody doesn’t like a parade, of course, they have a right to protest it. But the protestors claimed the right to disrupt the parade because it constituted “hate speech.”
Finegan said Denver County judges ruled that Denver’s loitering ordinance cannot be used to prosecute the protesters, even though protesters “deliberately disrupted the Columbus Day parade.”

[City Attorney Cole] Finegan announced that his office would draft ordinances, modeled upon the state laws that make it illegal to disrupt a lawful assembly and to obstruct a highway or a passageway. “We hope that these new ordinances will better protect the First Amendment rights of both parade participants and protesters.”

Following the rulings, defendants said the leading newspapers in Denver reflected the anti-Indian sentiment in their opinion articles, siding with the Italian American promoters of the Columbus Day parade.

Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen said Denver police acted correctly when they arrested the protesters. In his column on Jan. 25 titled “These are civil rights?,” Quillen disagreed with the defendants and said that Columbus Day parade does not represent hate speech. Further, he said the government does not have an obligation to suppress hate speech.

“We have the right to march in parades to celebrate Martin Luther King or Nathan Bedford Forrest, to honor Sitting Bull or George Armstrong Custer, and we have the right to stand on the sidelines and heckle the paraders.” Quillen said the defense attorneys should not have portrayed their clients as “heroic defenders of civil rights.”

The Rocky Mountain News editorial on Jan. 22 was titled “Intimidation law sadly misused.” The newspaper disagreed with the defense argument that the parade was a form of ethnic intimidation.
One of the protestors who was arrested later became very famous. His name was Ward Churchill.


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