Does the ACLU fight for everyone, or just liberals?
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Does the ACLU fight for everyone, or just liberals?

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When the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded nearly 100 years ago, it was established as an explicitly nonpartisan group dedicated to protecting the civil liberties of all American citizens. But these days, critics argue the ACLU has become nothing more than a far-left advocacy group that only cares about liberals. Even the ACLU's executive director Anthony Romero admits the ACLU is reinventing itself in the era of Trump. What do you think?

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When the ACLU was first established in 1920, it was an explicitly nonpartisan organization. As Alan Dershowitz writes in The Hill:

Since its establishment nearly 100 years ago, the ACLU has been, in the words of the New Yorker, “fastidiously nonpartisan, so prudish about any alliance with any political power that its leadership, in the 1980s and 90s, declined even to give awards to likeminded legislators for fear that it might give the wrong impression.” I know, because I served on its national board in the early days of my own career.

But Dershowitz argues the ACLU has since taken a left turn (literally). It is no longer an organization that cares about the civil liberties of American citizens, it is a far-left advocacy group whose entire mission revolves around pushing a liberal agenda.

The director of the American Civil Liberties Union has now acknowledged what should have been obvious to everybody over the past several years: The ACLU is no longer a neutral defender of everyone’s civil liberties. It has morphed into a hyper-partisan, hard-left political advocacy group. 

Dershowitz argues if the ACLU wishes to maintain any credibility, it should re-affirm its nonpartisan status. The Trump presidency is no excuse for the ACLU's liberalism. If anything, the ACLU should move back to the center precisely because our divisive politics are causing the left to move further left and the right to move further right.

America has always thrived at the center and has always suffered when extremes gain power. The ACLU’s move from neutral protector of civil liberties to partisan advocate of liberal politics is both a symptom and consequence of this change... If the ACLU does not return to its core values, a new organization must be created to champion those values.

But the ACLU doesn't just defend liberals. Just last year, the ACLU agreed to defend the rights of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members in Charlottesville, Virginia. As German Lopez explains in Vox:

The ACLU is defending the protesters’ right to demonstrate at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville at the site of a controversial statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that is scheduled to be torn down. The city of Charlottesville had tried to revoke the protest permit of one of the rally organizers, Jason Kessler. But the ACLU, among others, came to his legal defense, arguing in court that the move was trying to unlawfully restrict his free speech.

The ACLU has a history of defending the rights of everyone, even bigoted groups, in defense of free speech. Doesn't seem like the kind of thing they would do if they only cared about liberals, huh?

The first major ACLU case on this topic goes back to the late 1970s, when the ACLU defended a neo-Nazi group’s right to march through the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois.

On its website, the ACLU still maintains it is a "non-profit and non-partisan" group. To say the organization only cares about liberals is just not true.

The ACLU is non-profit and non-partisan. We do not receive any government funding. Member dues and contributions and grants from private foundations and individuals pay for the work we do. 
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