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GUEST OPINION: Color ban yet another lesson on freedom

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By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
First Amendment Center
East St. Louis, Ill., has a gang problem.

It may now have a constitutional problem as well.

Last week, Mayor Alvin Parks imposed a host of restrictions designed to curtail youth violence in his city. Among the most controversial — and likely unconstitutional — of the new rules is a ban on the wearing of royal blue or bright red clothing by men — regardless of their age. The colors are associated with gangs.


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