Come Yell At Me About Hate Crimes

Come Yell At Me About Hate Crimes

Come At Me Bro Mel GibsonOn March 30th, I’m going to get up in front of a live audience, and argue that we do not need hate crimes legislation. Even though we are living in the time of Trump where committing hate crimes against ethnic or religious minorities is the new hotness, I’m going to argue that we need not prosecute what’s in a person’s heart when they commit atrocities.

And I’m going to be making that argument it in New York City so that, when somebody inevitably hate crimes me after the show, I’ll enjoy the full protection of progressive laws.

It’s all part of a pilot for a new show on New York Public Radio called “Persuade Me.” I’ll try to convince a live studio audience to go against conventional wisdom on a social, political, or legal issue. We need a participatory audience, even a rowdy one, and so I’m hoping a few lawyers and law students show up and keep me on my toes.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern will be opposing me. We want the thing to sound a little bit like appellate arguments, so there will be a “guest judge” interrupting with questions, along with the audience.

Tickets are $15, which includes a free drink. Because I definitely want people liquored up before I tell them that knocking over headstones should be nothing more than “vandalism.” Show starts at 7:00 p.m. on March 30th. Space is limited. Please click here for details. Feel free to bring unwanted produce.

Persuade Me [The Greene Space]

Elie Mystal is an editor of Above the Law and the Legal Editor for More Perfect. He can be reached @ElieNYC on Twitter, or at He will resist.


Published at Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:13:05 +0000

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