Which conclusion can be drawn from the occurrence of the Red Scare and the decision of the Supreme Court in Schenck v. United States?
A. Immigrants to the United States are consistently denied equal protection under the law. B. A person’s best protection from persecution rests with the Supreme Court. C. Civil rights are sometimes compromised by the public’s fear of radical political groups D. Violent protests in the United States are usually met with a violent response from the government.
Civil rights are sometimes compromised by the public’s fear of radical political groups
The Schenk case clearly illustrated the willingness to suspend or restrict freedoms in the face of radical or disruptive speech and press. The Palmer Raids of the twenties and the surrounding red scare (fear of Communism) also illustrated the acceptance of illegal searches, suspension of due process and suppression of rights in the battle against unpopular political ideals.