Monday, September 04, 2006

By any means necessary?

Allegedly, Luke Massie threatened Jennifer Gratz, spokewoman for Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, with a switchblade outside a Civil Rights Commission meeting in Detroit. Luke Massie is the national chairman of a civil rights group called "By Any Means Necessary". With a name like that, it is not surprising that switchblades might be used even though it might not seem consonant with the goal "civil rights."

There is a long history, though, of thugs and autocrats abusing the banner of "civil rights" or "human rights." Joshua Muravchik has published a nicely researched summary of the issue.

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