Protecting the First Amendment while resisting hate speech

By Emma Austin, F/G Scholar

Under U.S. law there has never been a legal definition of “hate speech,” whether protected by the First Amendment or not. The American Library Association defines hate speech generally as “any form of expression through which speakers intend to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred against a group or class of persons.” Continue reading Protecting the First Amendment while resisting hate speech

Richmond Trump rally draws protest

By Emma Austin, F/G Scholar

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters lined up outside Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum on Oct. 13 in the hours before his rally to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr.

Some were turned away after the venue hit capacity, but not everyone in Richmond was there to wear Make America Great Again hats or even to see the president. Continue reading Richmond Trump rally draws protest

WKU alumna Mindy Farmer leads effort to remember Kent State victims

By Emma Austin, F/G Scholar

When she gives tours of the site where four students of Kent State University were murdered by Ohio National Guardsmen in 1970, Mindy Farmer, director of the May 4 Visitors Center, stops at each memorial marking the exact location each of the four students was shot.

“I want people to know something about them, who they were,” Farmer said. “That’s something we’ve only just started to learn as we’ve researched them.” Continue reading WKU alumna Mindy Farmer leads effort to remember Kent State victims