Is the Constitution a Racist Document?—Let’s Ask Frederick Douglass.

This past Tuesday marked 231st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.  Every year this date should be celebrated by everyone because of the most remarkable nature of that document, which was responsible for this country becoming the freest and wealthiest that ever existed.  Instead the Constitution is held in such ill regard by so … Continue reading Is the Constitution a Racist Document?—Let’s Ask Frederick Douglass.

Precedent Washington

I've mentioned in the past my daughter's obsession with Hamilton, the musical. We were in the car this afternoon listening to "One Last Time," in which George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton that he is stepping down as president after two terms and asks Hamilton to help him compose his Farewell Address (which was actually published in the … Continue reading Precedent Washington

Bias and the Classroom

A conservative student gave me a Christmas gift I relish. The individual wrote in the course evaluation that I was one of the few teachers who allowed conservative opinions in my classes. “Professor Harper is a breath of fresh air in the God-forsaken, liberal, biased school. Unlike almost every other professor, he didn’t push his … Continue reading Bias and the Classroom

The Colorado Wedding Cake Case and the Constitution

If the Supreme Court still followed the letter and the spirit of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution there is only one possible decision they could reach in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  Because this case involves freedom of speech and freedom of religion they would have to rule … Continue reading The Colorado Wedding Cake Case and the Constitution

The Constitutional Crisis Among College Students

Many college students have become increasingly strident in their views about the U.S. Constitution despite understanding little about the document. These trends have grown more troublesome in the past few years in the media law course I teach. In the past, most students recognized that they didn’t know too much about the U.S. Constitution. Now … Continue reading The Constitutional Crisis Among College Students